What is in a Cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server, but only that server is able to retrieve or read the cookie's contents. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and contains some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and some alphanumeric characters. It allows a website to remember such things as your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket and to improve using the website by enabling it to ‘remember’ you.

Cookies come in different flavours:

  • a ‘Session' cookie' for the duration of your visit.
    The Francis J Pullen Photography website only uses temporary 'Session' cookies that are erased when you close your web browser or shut down the computer. 
  • a ‘Persistent cookie' for repeat visits. 
    The Francis J Pullen Photography website does not use 'Persisent Cookies' or 'Internet Tags' |(GIF files) that are stored on your computer until you decide to delete them.

Cookies have a number of different functions, such as efficiently navigating between pages, storing preferences and making the interaction faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor each time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’), say from our 'Links' page.

Some people believe cookies are intrusive, particularly if this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. Although this is generally quite harmless, the user may not for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to their interests.

How can I control web browser cookies?

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. It is possible to block some or all cookies, and delete cookies that have already been set, but you might lose some functions of that website.

You can restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device(s) through your browser settings - the browser Help function should have the necessary instructions. Alternatively, visit which contains information on how to make changes on a wide variety of browsers.

The Francis J Pullen Photography website will work without cookies, but if you choose to disable them, you will lose some features and functionality.

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