Cookies are a delicious treat, guaranteed to lift the spirits of everyone in your workplace. Though, unfortunately web cookies aren’t so tasty.
Computer cookies are small amounts of text data used to track your activity online. Certain details of your activity are recorded and can be used by sites to tailor your experiences, such as maintaining your shopping basket on retail websites. Without cookies, your basket would be cleared every time you visit a new page on the site.
Cookies are usually harmlessly used to keep track of visitors to a site or to personalise content, and they contain no personal data, such as names or bank account details. Some cookies used by your browser are more advanced though, storing login details for quick access to sites or bank account details to make payment for products online swift and hassle-free.
Cookie – Small amounts of data used to track your behaviour online. May be referred to as a web cookie, browser cookie, computer cookie or internet cookie
Web Browser – A programme used to access the internet. The most commonly used are Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge
Antivirus – Software used to protect your computer from attack, such as Avast or Norton
Virus – A piece of code which can cause harm to a computer and can spread quickly by replicating itself
Malware – Malicious Software which is specifically created to cause harm to a computer. Viruses are an example of malware
Hackers – individuals or groups who intend to cause disruption to or steal data from computers
Many websites now ask for your consent to track your behaviour on the site by using cookies. In a lot of cases, consent is assumed by the continued use of the site after a message is shown. You can read more about cookie consent on the ICO website.
Cookies are usually of no risk of attack by malware, as the data doesn’t change as it travels between your browser and sites so has no way to affect the way that your computer runs. However, some malware could be disguised as a cookie and gain access to your computer. Third-party cookies can also be of concern, as it makes it easier for external users to see what you are doing online.
Cookies can be used to construct a profile of your browsing habits, and therefore may be regarded as a privacy issue
You can control your browser’s cookie usage to protect your information. All browsers have their own settings for how cookies are controlled. Click on your browser below to learn how to control cookie settings, or click here to continue reading.
Open chrome, then click on the ⋮ in the top right.
Click setting then scroll to the bottom to open the advanced settings.
Under the Privacy and Security section, click on Content Settings and then on to the cookies option.
This is where you can view and adjust your cookie settings to your preferred options.
Phone & Tablet
Open the Chrome app and tap the ⋮
Click on Settings, then onto Site Settings
Select the Cookies option and select your preferred setting from the options
Open Safari, then click the bold Safari tab from the top menu bar
From the menu, click on Preferences
Navigate to the privacy section, and here you can adjust your cookie settings.
Open Manage website data… for more options.
iPhone & iPad
Open the Settings app
Scroll down and click on Safari, then open the Block Cookies option
Select your preferred setting from the options
Click the menu button (three horizontal lines) then select Prefernces
Select Privacy and Security and then choose Cookies and Site Data
Here you adjust the settings as you need
Phone & Tablet
Open the Firefox app, then tap the menu button
Tap more, then Settings
Select the Privacy tab, then Cookies
This will open a menu where you can change your settings to your preferred options
Open Microsoft Edge and tap on the … button
Click on Settings, then choose View Advanced Settings
Open Privacy and Services, then select Cookies
Under this option you can chose your preferred options for your cookie settings
But remember, if you do limit your browser’s cookie usage, features on some sites may not work as intended, and some sites will be completely inoperable.