What are cookies?
Cookies are delicious baked goods, but in this context, cookies are information packets sent by web servers to web browsers, and 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.
Cookies do many different jobs. They can help you to navigate between pages efficiently, remember your preferences, and improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. Below lists common uses of cookies on our websites. These functions can use a combination of session cookies and persistent cookies to perform their function.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential for our online services and tools to work. They collect or record information that we need to make our site work.
Common uses for this type of cookie include storing information so that shopping baskets provide information for e-billing allowing users to correctly complete the checkout process.
These cookies help us to monitor and improve how our website works.
Common uses include collecting information about which pages visitors visit, often noting if visitors get any error messages from web pages and understanding user behaviour on webpages. The information collected using these cookies is anonymous and cannot be used to identify an individual visitor.
These cookies allow us to provide you with enhanced features that need to remember your preferences and choices, such as your user name, language or region. They also let us monitor how our website is performing so we can keep on improving it.
Targeting and advertising cookies
We use these cookies to ensure that the advertising and website content that we serve you, on our site or other websites, is aligned to your browsing habits. For example, to remind you of the products or services you have shown an interest in. These cookies are also used to limit the number of times you may see an advert/content and to tailor the messaging we serve you. They may also be used for market research and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
Most internet browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies through options located in settings.
Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites. Selecting this setting may make certain parts of the BMC site inaccessible or not function properly.
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