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Mmmmm Cookies….

You may be wondering why there is a page on the site all about cookies. Well I can tell you first off that unfortunately for you they are probably not the cookies that you are thinking about. They are not the soft squidgey kind you like to eat but the term cookies in the technical world actually refers to small text files usually containing a string of characters that are stored on your computer when you visit web pages as you browse the world wide web.

So why do these cookies exist?

Cookies are used to perform some sort of additional function to a website. Whether its storing whether or not you have logged in to a website or to save the state of the site so that when you return you can pick up where you left off they do bring some advantages to make websites more usable for you. Seeing as cookies are just small text files they can be used to hold encrypted strings, random characters that programmers cant understand, or in some cases personal information depending not the website. Just to let you know here at banoop we do not store any personal information in cookies.

What cookies are used on banoop?

On we do use some cookies to try and make your experience faster, help you share your favourite bits of the site with friends and also help us improve our site through the use of analytics which stores anonymous information about your visit so we can see what you liked the best and add more of it in the future. All the information stored is anonymous and can’t be linked to you unless you have explicitly chosen it to, for exampe by signing into Twitter or Facebook to share the content. The key areas on that use cookies are the Social Media Sharing found mainly in posts and on the home page, the contact form and you may have noticed a couple of adverts on the right hand side of the blog some of these may use cookies just to see whether or not you have clicked them. (Hopefully you have found something you like)

Below you can see a full list of all the cookies used on some of these come directly from and some are 3rd party cookies which means that a website other than stores the cookies so they can function properly.

Our Cookies (

These may look scary but they are used by Google Analytics to help us see information about your visitor to help us improve your experience in the future

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3rd Party Cookies

We use social media around the site which helps you share the content you find with your friends, family and colleagues. Currently we are using a service called AddThis which uses a few cookies. (add

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More Information

As you might have gathered by taking a look at the names of the cookies in the list above they are not very semantic, well at least not to us. If you are still unsure of what cookies are or would like to find out more information about them then head over to, they have a great little blurb about them. If you would like to stop using cookies altogether or find out what information they store then you can  check out your browser settings which will allow you to disable them and display what cookies are being used.

How to change your cookie settings in your browser

There are various ways to change your cookie settings using your browser. These may vary by browser version and on the operating system you are using, but by following some simple steps or checking out the individual browser help pages you should be able to customise your cookies settings to your needs.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Support Page:

  • Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’.
  • In the options window select the ‘Privacy’ tab from the options.
  • To enable cookies set the slider on the left hand side to ‘Medium’ or below.
  • To disable cookies move the slider on the left hand side all the way to the top to block all cookies.


Google Chrome

Support Page:

  • Click on the spanner at the top right hand side of the browser next to the address bar.
  • Select Settings from the list of options.
  • At the bottom of the page click on ‘Show advanced settings…’.
  • In the “Privacy” section, click the ‘Content settings’ button and a pop up of options should be displayed.
  • To enable cookies in the “Cookies” section, select ‘Allow local data to be set(recommended)’.
  • To disable cookies, in the “Cookies” section, pick ‘Block sites from setting any data’.


Mozilla Firefox

Support Page:

  • Click on ‘Tools’ at the browser menu and select ‘Options’
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • To enable cookies check ‘Accept cookies for sites’
  • To disable cookies uncheck at ‘Accept cookies for sites’



Support Page:

  • Click on ‘Safari’  at the menu bar and select the ‘Preferences’ option
  • Click on ‘Security’
  • To enable cookies from the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Only from site you navigate to’
  • To disable cookies from the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Never’

If we have missed a browser from our list above then try looking in the help section of the browser you are using from there you should be able to find a multitude of information about how to not only change your cookie settings but other ways to customise your browsing experience.