Cookies are small, text-based files that websites and apps use to store information specific to a user / computer in order to improve your experience. They might remember your viewing preferences, verify that you have logged in or contain a list of products you added to a cart.
Some cookies are used by companies such as Google, Bing and Facebook to anonymously track you as you use their service. For example, if you do a Google search, a cookie may be set that allows your search to be matched up with hits on the websites you find as a result. This helps websites track how many visitors they receive and what those visitors were searching for.
Cookies are optional and you can choose to block them outright in your browser settings. However, this will impede your experience of the web and a lot of functionality may not be available to you.
Cookie files cannot harm your computer and responsible websites will only use them to store non-sensitive information. For extra security, many cookies are encrypted so they can only be used by the website or app that set them.
If you are using a modern web browser, you can easily view a list of cookies and other security information about the current page (for instance, in Chrome click the padlock icon next to the website address).
You should also be able to remove and block any cookies you don’t want to accept. If your browser doesn’t let you do this, get a new one!
HTTPS / SSL
This website is secured using an SSL Certificate supplied by Comodo, one of the world’s most reputable online security providers.
The purpose of this certificate is to encrypt data that passes between you, the user, and the website. This is enables what is known as the HTTPS protocol.
In plain English, this means that information is encrypted by your browser before it is sent, then decrypted by the website server when received. On the off chance anyone maliciously intercepts the data (by hacking your internet connection, perhaps), it will be a meaningless jumble of code and therefore useless to them.
Most modern browsers let you view information about a website’s security certificate by clicking an icon next to the website address (usually a padlock or shield). You should also be warned if a site is asking you to submit information and an SSL certificate is not present.
This website uses the latest security practices and software to keep hackers and other online menaces at bay. Every reasonable measure is taken to protect access to the site’s administration area, the database that powers it and the source code.
Because of the EU’s GDPR regulations – and good old-fashioned ethics – information submitted to websites and apps can be used only for the purposes stated when that information is requested.
This means that if you fill in a form on this website – to make contact or sign up for an offer, for example – the data you submit will be used only to fulfil that purpose and nothing else.
Unless the page you are on specifically asks you and you explicitly consent (by ticking the appropriate box, or whatever), you will not be added to any mailing lists, have your data sold to third parties or anything else underhand like that.