A cookie is a small file, often encrypted, which allows a website to recognise a user’s device. It is typically made up of letters and numbers and is downloaded on to your device when you access a website.
Cookies are generally used to help users navigate websites more efficiently and perform certain functions. Since their core role is to enhance usability and improve processes, if you disable cookies you may find that the website does not perform as well as you would expect.
When you load a particular website, a cookie is created. Every time you then revisit that specific website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Computer Cookies are also being created by other websites when ads, plug-ins, widgets, or other elements on the page are being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
For more information see: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Some Cookies will expire at the end of a browser session, while other are stored for longer. Types of cookies include:
QMS use a mixture of session, permanent and third party cookies. None of which store your personal information.
Where we use 3rd party cookies such as Google Analytics, or other third parties we use for advertising purposes we are joint controllers with them. If you do not wish for Google to have your IP address and understand your browsing actions, then please decline cookies.
Cookies are not computer viruses, they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing, they also cannot replicate and spread to other networks to execute. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard definition of a virus.
It is recommended that you backup your computer if you would like peace of mind that your files are safe.