What’s a cookie?

A “cookie” is a small file that can be placed on your computer/phone/tablet that allows this website to remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your device. When you visit this site, it may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

There are different types of cookies:

  1. Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer
  2. Persistent cookies: these are stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. Currently, I use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.

Cookies can also be categorized as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and/or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on a website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable me to monitor and improve the performance of my website. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow my website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, I may be able to remember if you subscribed to my newsletter. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymized.

How to control cookies

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this site. If you don’t know how to delete or block cookies, you can go here to learn how (this is the site I used to learn how to do it!).

How do I use cookies?

I use cookies to track your use of my website. This enables me to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using the site. This helps me to develop and improve my website as well as products and/or services in response to what you might need or want so that I can better serve you.

For example, some of the pages on this website use cookies to remember:

  • your display preferences, such as contrast color settings or font size
  • which blog posts you have already read
  • if you have already subscribed to my newsletter or
  • if you have agreed (or not) to the cookies policy on this site

Also, cookies can also be used by third-parties on this site like YouTube, Facebook, and Google Analytics to anonymously gather statistics on the links you visited and how you arrived there.

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies as described above. But, please note that, if you delete or block cookies, some features of this site may not work as intended. The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally.

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