A cookie is a small text file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. Cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. Typically, Cookies contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or anything about you.
If you wish to change your cookie settings, here are some instructions:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Click the 'Tools' in the top right hand corner and select 'Internet options'. In the pop up window select the 'Privacy' tab. You can adjust your cookie settings.
Click the spanner in the top right hand corner and select 'Settings'. From here select 'Under the hood' and change the settings under 'Privacy'.
From the drop down menu in the top left hand corner select 'Options'. In the pop up window select the 'Privacy' tab. From here you can adjust your cookie settings.
From the settings drop down menu in the top right hand corner select 'Preferences'. Select the 'Security' tab and from here you can adjust your cookie settings.
More information: www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies