What Are Cookies?

Cookies are very small text files that are placed on your hard drive by a Web Page server. Essentially they act as your identification card, and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses.

A cookie is uniquely yours and can only be read by the server that gave it to you.

First Party vs Third Party Cookies

First-Party Cookies

A first-party cookie is any cookie placed on your computer by a website you visit directly.

For example, if you visit a site and specify preferences about how you want to view information on that site these preferences may be stored in a cookie on your computer. By setting a cookie with this information on your system, the site does not have to ask you your preferences every time you visit. Similarly, some sites store logins and passwords in cookies on your computer, to allow you to access private areas without having to log in each time you move to a new page.

Third-Party Cookies

When you visit some websites you are viewing content from multiple sources. Advertising banners, embedded scripts and videos, and other content may come from many different web locations at once. Because some of the content on the page you are viewing is sourced from other websites each of these external sites may set cookies on your computer, these are third-party cookies because they come from sites you did not intentionally visit and may not even be aware of.

If any of these external sites provide content to multiple websites, they can use these cookies to track your visits and behavior on any of the sites they provide content to.

What cookies are used on this website

This website does not use third-party cookies and you will not have any third-party cookies placed on your computer when you visit any of the pages on this website.

This website may include links to sites from other companies and organisations. We have no control over the cookies sites from other companies and organisations may place on your computer.

The following table explains the cookies we use and why

Cookie Name(s) First or Third Party Purpose More Information
vtsw.com ASP.NET_SessionId First Temporary cookie used purely by this website to aid navigation around the site.
Twitter _ga
Third These cookies are set and used by Twitter in order for us to display our Twitter feed on each page. Click here to read the Twitter cookie policy
Google _ga
First These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here to read the Google privacy policy

How can I reject or opt out of receiving cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.