What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are read by the originating website on each subsequent visit, or by another website that recognises the cookie.
The purpose of cookies is to make websites work most effectively for you as the user, by allowing website functionality and providing information to the website’s owners. Examples of website cookie use include:
Keeping items in a shopping basket when you are browsing an online store
Storing logins for your online account details
Storing website information preferences (e.g. your location)
What types of cookies are there?
Cookies can be broken down into two main types: first-party and third-party.
A cookie is first-party if set by the website (domain) being visited.
A cookie is classed as third-party if it is issued by a different website (domain) to that being visited.
Each cookie will be either a persistent cookie or a session cookie.
Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie (which may be after the browser has been closed).
Session cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
When you visit a Towergate website, we download a “cookie” to your computer. A cookie identifies your computer (by what is known as an IP address) to our server.
Cookies on Towergate websites collect information about how you are accessing and browsing them, such as the device and browser you are using and the IP address your device is accessing the internet from. The cookie enables us to retain your profile as you navigate our website, and prevents the need to re-collect information about you or your desired purchases.
Disabling session cookies will affect the performance and functionality of the website and disabling other cookies may also have an adverse impact on functionality.
What third-party cookies do you use?
These cookies do not allow us access to your accounts or provide us with any confidential information relating to your accounts. They do allow us to provide you with appropriate marketing ads via these social media channels.
Anonymous and pseudonymous cookie data
Most data stored by cookies placed by Towergate websites is anonymous, but there may be some occasions when, in order to provide the best website functionality, information is recorded in cookies that relate to you. This ‘pseudonymous’ information, however, is stored separately and securely on our systems, so that the data cannot be attributed to you.
How do I accept cookies?
If you are happy with this, you need not do anything.
Should you not wish to accept cookies, or change your mind at any point, read the section below on turning off your cookies.
How do I manage cookies?
If you do not wish to have cookies stored when you visit Business protection’s websites, you can adjust the settings of the browser you are setting.
Please note, however, that if you turn off your cookies it may make browsing Marshall Financial solutions’s websites much slower, and will affect performance and functionality.