Cookies are small data files which are sent to a user's computer or mobile phone from a website and are stored on the hard drive of the user's device. They are helpful because they help to make a website work better for a user.
A cookie is a small amount of data (which often includes a unique identifier) that is sent to a user's computer or mobile phone from a website and is stored on the hard drive of a device. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to report on website traffic. Your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites.
How to manage cookies
Internet browsers allow users to manage their cookies. They can set their devices to accept all cookies, to let them know when a cookie has been set, or never to receive cookies. Each browser works in a different way: use the ‘Help' menu in your browser to find out to change your cookie preferences. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you should refer to your handset manual. Please be aware that disabling cookies completely means that certain personalised features will not then be provided to that user and therefore they may not be able to make full use of all of the website's features.
Cookies on Chatbox are used in a number of ways:-
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies enable services you have asked for from within Chatbox. For example when navigating between pages on the site these will remember previous page choices so you can go back and visit them. When logged in Chatbox will remember your log in details. This information is not used for advertising purposes on any other sites.
These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited and allow us to optimise your web experience – by analysing this data we can make more popular pages on the website easier to find. And let you revisit the site again later whilst remembering any preferences you may have set. This information is not used for advertising purposes on any other sites. Some performance cookies are provided by third parties, on Chatbox we use Google Analytics. Google Analytics stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
These cookies remember choices you have made to improve your experience. by saving your favourites for example or allowing you to change the number of readers displayed in lists. This information is not used for advertising purposes on any other sites.
We only use tracking cookies to allow you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook, Google + , Add this or Twitter and allows you to share posts on third party blogs. Some of these are provided by third parties. This information is not used for advertising purposes on any other sites.
Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)
Chatbox uses the Adobe Flash Player to deliver some of its content, including video. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are used to provide features such as saving preferences. Flash cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, but it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way as other website cookies.
Third party Cookies
As can be seen above, some cookies are not set by Chatbox but by other sites which provide a service or functionality on Chatbox. These are known as third-party cookies. Managing, deleting or blocking these cookies requires you to visit the websites of these third parties. The third party cookies used by Chatbox are from Google Analytics, Google +, Adobe, Facebook, Twitter, and Add This, You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them at allaboutcookies.org.
Last updated: 22 January 2014.