What are ‘cookies’?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer) on your computer or electronic device. They allow websites to ‘remember’ you so that they can store things like user preferences and make the website quicker and easier for you to use.
Without cookies, many things on websites would not be able to work: for example, without cookies, if you logged in to the Music@Malling website to view restricted content you would have to log in again every time you looked at a different page.
A visit to a page on the Music@Malling website may generate the following types of cookie:
- Registration and preferences cookies
- Anonymous analytics cookies
- Anonymous advertising cookies.
Registration and preferences cookies
When you register with the Music@Malling website, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username. If you have not selected ‘keep me signed in’, your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.
Anonymous analytics cookies
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by other organisations (Google Analytics and Drupal) generate ‘anonymous analytics cookies’.
These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site. We use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page, to help us identify if visitors would benefit from more information on a particular area.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the ‘Help’ option in your browser may provide useful details.
You can find out more about cookies and their use on the internet from www.allaboutcookies.org.