Understanding cookies that you can’t eat
In general, cookies are used to retain your user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser.
Our recommended practice: edit your browser settings to …
- Remove all cookies when you close the browser
- Never accept third-party cookies
For more details, we suggest you consult the Help section of your browser, or take a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
NB: logged-in users
In practice — on this site — cookies have no importance, unless you have logged in as a user or contributor. The site must have information about your authenticity and what you are allowed to do here — and that information is stored in a cookie. When you log out, the cookie is removed. That’s why you cannot edit anything after you have logged out — because the cookie has gone. Conversely, if you disable cookies for this site while editing, you will be logged out immediately because the site no longer recognises you.
This page was updated: 26 September 2016