Cookies February 8th, 2016 TAGS What are ‘cookies’? ‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately. A visit to Solaris website may generate the following types of cookie: What are first party cookies? A small amount of text stored in the user’s computer that is created by the Web site the user is visiting. By default, first-party cookies are allowed in every Web browser. If you were to disable first-party cookies, a Web site could not keep track of your activity as you move from page to page. What are third party cookies? Third–party cookies are cookies that are set by a website other than the one you are currently on. Third-party cookies come from other websites’ advertisements (such as pop-up or banner ads) on the website that you’re viewing. Websites might use these cookies to track your web use for marketing purposes. What are session cookies? Session cookies, also known as an in-memory cookie or transient cookie, exist only in temporary memory while the user navigates the website. Web browsers normally delete session cookies when the user closes the browser. What are persistent cookies? Persistent cookies as used by Solaris help websites remember your information and settings when you visit them in the future. This result in faster and more convenient access. 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. Please note that there are many more cookies types than those that we use.