What is a Cookie?
In internet browser terms cookies refer to small bits of information that are sent from a website to your browser and vice versa and which are stored on your computer. Websites have no memory and so cannot remember data or a user's preferences on their own. Cookies allow browsers to store information from individual sites such as the display preferences you might have set. They are entirely specific to you and are used to keep a record of how you use a website and any preferences that you may have set. They use a special session ID to identify who you are, so that no personal information is ever exchanged.
Depending on the use, cookies can be stored on your computer for different lengths of time. Session cookies will remember you for the length of time you have a browser open and are looking at a site, but are deleted when you close the browser. Persistent cookies are not deleted when the browser is closed but will continue to remember you for a set amount of time.
Why are they used?
Cookies can be used for a variety of different reasons; to remember personal preferences on a website, to remember your name during a visit to a site, to store login status or to show you relevant information on your next visit. They are also used by companies to track your use of their website and see where you've clicked and how long you've been on a page, in order to improve the site performance and layout for future users.
Third party Cookies
Third party cookies differ from other cookies as they are set by a separate company to the website that is being visited. They allow these companies to see what you might have been looking at on a specific site, and use this information to show you relevant data on other sites that they are linked to. They are also used by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to allow you 'Like' or tell your friends about the site.
Cookies used on Crest Nicholson site never store any personal information and they cannot infect or install anything on your computer.
Below is a list of cookies we currently use on our sites or allow to be used by carefully selected third parties and details of how they are used:
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Used by Google Analytics and Adwords to track your movements around the site, where you click and what you look at the most. We use this information to be able to improve the experience of the website for you.
These cookies can only be seen by Crest Nicholson and Google and will never contain any personal information.
You may also find some of the following cookies on our site whilst you are browsing. These cookies are not controlled by Crest Nicholson but are part of tracking systems from third party companies. They are used by social media networks and provide sharing services for pages on the Crest Nicholson sites.
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|PREF, NID, BEAT, ULS, HSID, SSID, APISID, SAPISID, SID||Used by Google+ to keep track of anything posted to the social network.|
|k, guest_id, auth_token_session, secure_session, twll, dnt, twid, _twitter_sess, auth_token||Used by Twitter to monitor when sites are tweeted about or sites are linked to on Twitter.|
|c_user, datr, lu, xs, sub, p, act, presence||Used by Facebook to monitor when sites are 'liked' or linked to on Facebook.|
If you want to stop websites from placing cookies on your computer, it is possible to make changes in the options of your web browser. You should note however, by doing this some functions of the Crest Nicholson websites may not work correctly.
To help find the correct options we've linked to the online guides below for the most up to date and popular browsers available:
- Firefox 12
- Internet Explorer 7 or 8
- Internet Explorer 9
- Safari (Mac)
- Safari (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Alternatively, to find out how more please refer to individual browser documentation or help files.
If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them visit www.allaboutcookies.org