What are cookies and why we use them?

Cookies are tiny files which are downloaded onto your computer or device when you visit the HOW2 website. Some cookies are essential as they will make the website work while others are there to provide a better online experience. They are used by nearly all websites as they make visits quicker, easier and future visits more relevant.

By continuing to use our website you are agreeing to our use of cookies which is explained below. Clicking the ‘Continue’ button enables cookies and removes the warning message. Alternatively, you can set your web browser to reject cookies from HOW2, although this will impact the full service we provide.

Cookies start working as soon as you click onto the site. Our cookies do not hold any information to identify an individual person, they are used to identify a browser on an individual machine.

Cookies can be referred to as session cookies or persistent cookies. Session cookies only last for the length of time that you are on our website and disappear when you close the browser. Persistent cookies stay on your computer after the browser has closed and last for the time specified by the cookie.

Some cookies are essential…
Once you have registered and become a HOW2 member cookies will allow you to move around the website and recognise that you have signed in so that you do not need to sign in every time you view a new page.

Some cookies gather information…
These cookies will tell us how visitors use our website, what pages they opened and any problems they encountered. The information is anonymous and does not identify an individual user but when combined with all the other data collected allows us to improve our website and the visitor’s experience.

Occasionally we may use another company to gather this information on our behalf. They may use technologies similar to cookies called ‘web beacons’ or ‘tags’. These are only used for statistical purposes and do not collect any information that identifies you.

3rd Party Cookies
Some pages within our site have functionality provided by 3rd parties (EXAMPLES) e.g. YouTube videos, ??? When viewing these pages you are actually opening a window from a 3rd party site, which may use cookies and will therefore have a different policy to HOW2. These 3rd parties provide information on cookies and privacy on their sites.

Google provides website owners, like HOW2, with a tool called Google Analytics which provides information on how visitors engage with the site. Google Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions and collects information anonymously. A different set of cookies is used for each website and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites.

If you would like to find out more about cookies you can visit All About Cookies

Updated on the 12th of March 2014

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