What is a Cookie?
A ‘cookie’ is a small text file or piece of data that is sent from a website and stored on a user’s device (computer, tablet, mobile device etc) when the user accesses the website. Cookies can be thought of as a form of identification that allows a website to recognise a user’s device and remember certain preferences from previous visits.
Whenever you visit a website for the first time, cookie(s) are downloaded onto your device for a number of reasons. Cookies have numerous uses, such as making websites work more efficiently and retaining user preferences.
Duration & Responsible Party
Our Cookies can either be ‘session’ or ‘persistent’ cookies. This relates to the duration the cookie stays on a user’s device. A session cookie is deemed as less intrusive than a persistent cookie because it expires after the session ends (i.e., when the user exits the website). Session cookies relate only to the current browsing session.
Persistent cookies last for longer than the current browsing session and are stored on the user’s device for use during return visits to the website. These allow a user’s actions and/or preferences to be remembered in-between sessions.
We employ the use of ‘first-party cookies’ which are managed by us and also ‘third-party cookies’, managed by third parties. We however provide the option to turn off third-party cookies.
Cookies used on our website
Essential Cookies – These cookies are necessary for the website to work properly and relate to the core functions of the site. As such, consent is not required for such cookies as they cannot be turned off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. However, you can set your browser to block these cookies, but please note that the site may not function. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
Below are all first-party and third-party cookies in this category that we use and their purpose. This list is reviewed regularly.
Performance/Analytical Cookies – These cookies collect information about visits and traffic sources and how a user interacts with our website for statistical and analytic purposes, so we can measure and improve site performance. E.g., most visited pages and least popular pages. These cookies are optional and can be rejected or turned off by the user.
Functional/Preference Cookies - These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or third parties whose services we have added to our pages, to provide statistics and information about choices you make (such as user name and last logged in time) in order to provide enhanced more personal features. These Cookies can be turned off in the 'manage cookies' settings. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all the website services may not function properly.
Security Cookies - these cookies are strictly necessary to protect both our website and users. They provide authentication for user accounts, fraud prevention and other forms of security.
How Can I Change My Cookie Settings?
Prophius makes managing your cookie options simple. When you first visit our website, you will be presented with a pop-up box about the cookies we set on your device. You can accept, reject, and manage your cookie settings using the link in that notice. Once you have set your desired cookie options, the pop-up box will disappear. However, you can view and manage your cookies settings at anytime during your visit to the website in your browser settings.
Most web browsers allow some control to restrict or block cookies if you wish, however if you disable cookies you may find this affects your ability to use certain parts of our website, products or services.