Cookies are small files that are stored on a server and help to ensure that this site runs smoothly. Some cookies stored serve a function and are required in order to make this website work and provide a smooth user experience. You may have seen cookies before – they’re used for convenience as they retain user preferences. This means that they store useful information, such as your name and address when shopping online and your log-in details for social media sites.

They also provide anonymous tracking data to third party applications such as Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a website that allows me, the website owner, to check my website’s performance in terms of audience and popularity. It shows me information like what percentage of my audience is male or female, how many people have visited my site, what country they live in and if they’re regular visitors. This information is invaluable for me as it helps me to carry on creating the best possible content that’s relevant to my readers. Once again, this data is collected anonymously.

However, you do have the choice to opt out of using cookies. Although cookies are designed to give the reader the best possible user experience, it is possible to deny their use. The easiest and most effect way to do this is to disable cookie usage on your browser.

How To Disable Cookies On Your Browser

Internet Explorer

Click the three dots in the top right hand side of your screen. Choose ‘settings’ from the menu and click ‘view advanced settings’. From here, scroll down to the ‘privacy and services’ section and you’ll be able to chose between blocking all cookies, blocking only third party cookies, or not blocking any cookies at all.

Google Chrome

Click the three dots in the top right hand corner and select ‘settings’ from the menu. From here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘advanced’. In the ‘privacy and security’ section, find the option for ‘content settings’. From here you can toggle on and off several features, including cookies.

Mozilla Firefox

Click on ‘Tools’, then ‘Options’ and select ‘Privacy and Security’. From here you can toggle on and off many different features, including what sites you wish to allow the use of cookies on, how long to keep them for and manage your existing cookies.

By continuing to use this website and having cookies enabled, you are consenting to their use.