On this page we will talk about the Cookies we use on our website www.uk-security-directory.co.uk
· “Us”, “We”, “Our” are pronouns used for referring UK Security Directory
· “You”, “Your”, “Yours” means customer/user/client of UK Security Directory
What are cookies in computers?
Cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
Cookies are created when a user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server.
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format. They are not compiled pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing. Accordingly, they cannot make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard virus definition.
Standard uses for browser cookies:
Website servers set cookies to help authenticate the user if the user logs in to a secure area of the website. Login information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over. More information…
Session Cookies are also used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server’s pages. By default, web pages really don’t have any ‘memory’. Cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn’t have to remember or start navigating the site all over again.
Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site. Similarly, cookies can store ordering information needed to make shopping carts work instead of forcing the user to remember all the items the user put in the shopping cart.
Persistent Cookies are also employed to store user preferences. Many websites allow the user to customize how information is presented through site layouts or themes. These changes make the site easier to navigate and/or lets user leave a part of the user’s “personality” at the site. For Information on session and persistent and tracking cookies, see here
Why Cookies are used on www.uk-security-directory.co.uk?
· provide certain functionality so that you may be able to stay logged into our website
· monitor how our website is being used and who is visiting so that we can keep improving it
· collect information about your online preferences as Cookies are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser which allows the server to uniquely identify the browser on each page
If you would prefer to not have our cookies on your computer you can go to your internet options and use the delete cookies option.
preferences by emailing us on email@example.com. You can opt out of each cookie category as defined below, except strictly necessary cookies.
As far as categories are concerned, we use the following categories of cookies on our website:
Strictly Necessary Cookies: These are the cookies which are essential in order to enable you to move around the Site and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for such as remembering your login details or shopping cart items cannot be functional.
Performance Cookies: The main function of these cookies, to collect anonymous information on how users are using our website. For example, we use Google Analytics cookies that help us understanding how customers arrive at our website, browsing or using our website and highlighting areas where we can improve areas such as navigation, customer experience and marketing campaigns.
Functionality Cookies: These cookies are to remember the choices you make such as the areas you are visiting on our website from, language and search parameters such as size, colour or product line. These can then be used to provide you with an experience more appropriate to your selections and to make the visits more tailored and pleasant. These cookies may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies: These cookies collect information about
your browsing choices in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your choices. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. The cookies are usually placed by third party advertising networks. They remember the websites you visit and that information is shared with other parties such as advertisers.
Social Media Cookies. These cookies allow you to share what you’ve been doing on the Site on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. These cookies are not within our control. Please refer to the respective privacy policies for how their cookies work.
Deleting or Disabling Cookies:
If you visit our website, the Cookies will be stored on your computer. You can remove these from your computer and you can also change your computer settings to prevent them from being placed on your computer in the future.
Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.
Use of Web Beacons:
Some of our web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes known as clear gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web beacons collect only limited information which including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. We may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.
Make sure your browser is updated:
If you haven’t already, set your browser to update automatically. This eliminates security vulnerabilities caused by outdated browsers. Many cookie-based exploits are based on exploiting older browsers’ security shortcomings.
Cookies are everywhere and can’t really be avoided if you wish to enjoy the biggest and best websites out there. With a clear understanding of how they operate and how they help your browsing experience, you can take the necessary security measures to ensure that you browse the Net confidently.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org