Cookies are pieces of information in the form of letters and numbers sent by web servers to the web browsers you use to surf the internet. The cookies are 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. There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date. Stored cookies can always be removed by selecting ‘Internet Options > then ‘Delete’ in the ‘Browsing History section.
General information about refusing cookies
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept 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”. However, blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.