Guide to cookies
What are cookies?
Cookies are files that contain small amounts of data. They are placed on your computer or other device by the websites you visit.
Different kinds of cookies do different things ranging from making a website work to making it easier to use and enabling website owners to understand more about their visitors.
Ensure your privacy is safeguarded in any secure area
Gather information about which pages are most relevant to visitors
Store details you enter into our calculators, tools and demos so you can make the most of our online services
Store details of your marketing, product and other preferences to enhance your visits
Evaluate how effective our advertising and promotions have been to improve our performance
Store information which means that you can be personally identified
Track your browsing after you've left our websites
Sell or distribute cookie data (without your consent)
What happens when I turn off cookies in my browser?
Up-to-date browsers give you the option to accept or decline cookies.
If you do switch off cookies at a browser level, your device won't be able to accept cookies from any website. This means that some web pages might not work – for example:
You might not be able to sign into a site using your correct username and password
You might see a message that cookies are required, or that your browser’s cookies are switched off
Your cookie settings will differ depending on the browser that you’re currently using. Here are some of the most commonly used browsers, and instructions on how to update your cookie settings: