What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file embedded in your hard drive by the server of the site you are visiting. This file is neither a virus nor spyware.
What are they used for?
Cookies are used to make surfing on the web easier for you. What actually happens when you visit an online shop for the first time is that the site’s server sends a file to your computer, which installs itself automatically on the disk. Thanks to this cookie, you will be recognised the next time you visit the same site and you won’t have to enter all your details again. In a nutshell, cookies customise your web experience.
Advantages and disadvantages of cookies
There are several types of cookies – those we love and those we hate!
We love those that make our lives easier because they simplify surfing and let us be recognised more quickly on different sites.
We hate those that are used mainly for sales or marketing purposes. Indeed, certain cookies analyse our purchasing and/or surfing behaviour, and the resulting data can then be analysed and used as a marketing tool, which some customers may find intrusive.
Types of cookies
There are three different types of cookies:
Session cookies: these are mainly used by online shops and allow you to keep items in your basket when shopping online. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser
Permanent cookies: these remain in operation, even when you have closed the browser. They remember your login details and password so you don’t have to type them in every time you use the site. The law concerning permanent cookies stipulates that they need to be deleted after a period of six months. Persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Third-party cookies: these are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc.
Cookies are files sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers.
The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers.
Cookies on our website
Flat26 limited uses the following cookies to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular:
for internal record keeping;
to improve the website and to monitor website usage;
to send promotional email about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided;
to ensure that content from our web site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you; and
to notify you about changes to our service.
FLAT26 publishes Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on this website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour across the web using cookies. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google’s Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. You can opt-out of the AdSense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.]
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies but you should know if you don’t allow sites to save cookies, most sites that require you to sign in won’t work.
In Chrome you can allow or block cookies saved by websites. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome. To the right of the address bar, tap More and then Settings. Tap Site settings and then Cookies. Turn Cookies on or off.
Optional: Choose to allow third-party cookies.
In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”.
Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. We do not have any control over that other website. We cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites, which are not governed by this privacy statement. Please exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.