What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small field of letters and numbers that we temporarily store on your browser and will be remembered by your computer and stored on your hard drive.

What does our cookie do?

Our website uses cookies, as do almost all modern websites, to distinguish you from other users and remember you during your visit. These are sometimes called session cookies. This helps us to provide a good experience when you browse our website.  Our cookies:

  • Provide an anonomous code to distinguish you from other users
  • Remember website settings such as font sytle, font size, and primary lanuage
  • Improve the speed of paging through our website
  • Increase security by reducing the potential of hacks

Is our cookie safe?

We do not use tracking cookies nor targeting cookies for advertising. We do log the pages visited and articles selected as part of our evaluation of analytic performance. Our server logs the number of visits per hour and network domains (.net, .com, .uk, etc.)  Here is an example of the long term visit statistics we keep at www.sundials.org

How to protect yourself from malicious cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of some or all cookies. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or visiting About Cookies website or The Security Skeptic which offer guidance for protecting modern browsers and operating systems. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential session cookies such as ours) you may not get full functionality from our website. By using the site you agree to our use of cookies.

It may be that your concerns of cookies relate to so called "spyware" and "tracking". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same end by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Anti-spyware software is available from sources such as  Spy Bot - Search and Destroy and Norton-Symantec.  Cookie management extensions for the Firefox browser (highly recommended) that destruct cookies after browsing sessions are available at Mozilla Firefox Addons.