Cookies do many different things, such as remembering your preferences, allowing pages to load more quickly, and overall improving the sites performance and your visitor experience.
If these weren’t installed on your computer, the pages would be slower to load, if a login was required you would have to do this every time you moved to a new page etc.
A cookie is a very small and simple text file which is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Only that server will be able to retrieve and read the contents of that cookie, no one else.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
If you don’t like the idea of our website storing information on your computer – even though it is completely harmless, and doesn’t effect your operating system in any way – please go to your browser settings and disable cookies in the preferences section.
You can read more about cookies and how to disable them on your browser at AboutCookies.