What are ‘cookies’?
'Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences and monitor use of the site so we can improve the information and services provided.
There are two different types of cookies:
- Session cookies – these are temporary and are erased when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies – these remain on your hard drive until you erase them or they expire at a pre-set deletion date.
For statistical purposes to anonymously track how many individual unique users we have and how often they visit the website. We collect data listing which of our pages are most frequently visited and by which types of users and from which countries. We use third parties to collect anonymous user information.
Cookies and website traffic analysis
When you enter the Health in Mind website your computer will automatically be issued with ‘cookies’. Cookies are text files which identify your computer to the Health in Mind server. The website then creates “session” cookies to store some of your preferences moving around the website, e.g. retaining a text-only preference. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website. Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time a user visits the website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
You have the opportunity to set your computer to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. If you choose the last option this means that certain services cannot then be provided to you.
Health in Mind website cookies that are set on the site are for:
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. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings further use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
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