Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.
What types of Cookie are there?
First Party cookies
These cookies are set by the website you are currently visiting. This type of cookie cannot be read by any other website.
Third Party cookies
This type of cookie is set by a different website to the one you are visiting. An example of this is YouTube, where a YouTube-hosted content is embedded within the website. A website may you an analytics service that set their own cookies.
These cookies are only stored while you’re viewing the website, and are destroyed as soon as soon as you close your browser
This type of cookie is set for a specific amount of time (usually a week or longer), and are used to remember your preferences for an extended amount of time (for example if you have logged into a secure section of a website and ticket the box that says “Remember Me”).