How cookies are used on the Forest Drives website?
Here we will explain the following :
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. Only that website is able to retrieve or read the contents of the cookie. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information for example, if you click to 'remember me' when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location
Types of Cookies?
1. Session cookies - These cookies are stored temporarily during a browser session and are deleted when a browsing session and are deleted when your browser is closed from you computer.
2. Persistent cookies - These cookies are saved on your computer for a fixed period of time and are not deleted when your browser is closed. These cookies are used when the website needs to know who you are for your next browsing session. Websites use persistent cookies to store your preferences so that you are remembered next time you visit the website.
3. First Party cookies - These cookies are set by the website you are visiting and can only be read by that website.
What sort of cookies does the Forest Drives website use?
Cookies enable us to identify your device when you are logged in. Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
1. Essential cookies - Some cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website or to provide certain features that you have requested. For example, some cookies allow us to identify registered users and ensure they can access the service and account related pages. If a registered user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a registered user is entitled to.
2. Performance Cookies - We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our website and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our service and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality Cookies - We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site. Also we may use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.
Advertisers sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with targeted advertising. For example, advertisers may use a profile they have built using other websites that you have previously visited to present you with more relevant advertisements during your visit to ForestDrives.com or ForestDrives.co.uk. We believe that it is useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests. If you are based in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu. If you are based in the United States and would like to learn more, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices/.
We also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the four categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
Can a website user block cookies?
Yes but you should be aware that as explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our website and service.
However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions given on our 'How to manage cookies' page.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.