Cookies on KnowItAll Ninja

It is not uncommon nowadays to see a popup message on websites that warn you that they make use of cookies. We’ve all gotten use to seeing them and clicking accept. But what exactly are cookies?

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help a website provide a better user experience to you. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better.

These small text files cannot be accessed by other websites and all the information is anonymous, so it can’t be used to find out who you are, or where you live, for example. It can be used though to allow us to know that 100 people have read our blog post today on the 2015 BTEC results.

How Do We Use Cookies?

On we use cookies for Google Analytics. This allows us to track how people use our website, such as which pages they visit, or how long they spend on a page/the site, or how many pages they browse when they visit the site.

We also use site caching, which allows us to provide you with faster access to our website. Site caching remembers that you have visited the site before and so we don’t need to send you all of the files all over again, and the cookie is what tells us you have been here before.

Third Party Cookies

Sometimes we will link to external websites on KnowItAll Ninja that may use cookies themselves. This might be to additional resources we think are helpful to students studying on BTEC First in ICT qualifications, or to the website of our advertising partners. We also use Google Adwords to display ads to you which make use of cookies.

We do not have control over these cookies and how they are used and I advise you to check these sites cookie policies if you have concerns over how websites make use of the cookies they store on your system.

Finding Out More

If you prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others you are able to do this. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers as well as more detailed information on what exactly cookies are and how they will affect you.