Along with being a treat to have with a nice cuppa, in this context, cookies are tiny files downloaded to your computer to improve your experience.This page will explain why we sometimes need to store these cookies, the information they gather, and how we use it. You can also find out how to prevent cookies from being stored if you prefer.
For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on HTTP cookies.
An example is Google Analytics: one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions out there for helping us understand how you use our site. It also helps us find ways to improve your experience. These cookies can track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages you visit, so we can continue to evolve our website to enhance your experience.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
You can disable cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). However, bear in mind that this may downgrade or 'break' certain features and functionality – as well as other websites you visit – preventing you from enjoying the user experience to the full. It is recommended that you leave all cookies switched on if you're not sure whether you need them or not, as in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to a website.