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First, and contrary to popular belief, cookies are NOT programs. They don’t do anything at all.  Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique computer reference. This reference is not used to identify you personally. Cookies are not  “viruses” or “trojans”, and they do NOT allow someone to access or take control of your computer.

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that site, your PC checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant (that is, one containing the site name) and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site.

The site then ’knows’ that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what you see on screen to take account of that fact. For instance, it can avoid you being asked to sign up to services that you are already signed up to.

Some cookies are more sophisticated. They might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes. Website designers can use this information to make their website more helpful to it’s viewers. This is how Smithsons use cookies.

The possibilities are endless, and generally the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother - for no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, life online would be much harder.

Almost all web browsers nowadays allow you the option to block cookies. That means you can block all cookies or, with a little more effort, you can pick and choose which ones to accept.

It makes browsing much harder - some sites do not work with the cookie-option turned off. However, if it really matters to you, then that option is always available, although we would not recommend it.

You can be assured that our cookies will NEVER abuse your trust.     BACK