What are Cookies?
Cookies are small amounts of text data created by websites and stored on your computer or mobile device by your web browser. These cookies can save your settings on a website and are used to deliver a more efficient and enjoyable website experience by storing information about how you use the website. For example, storing your login details and thus removing the need to login every time you visit the website or storing information on the pages you visited which allows for suggesting related content based on a previous visit.
There are two types of cookies:
(i) First-party cookies which are set by the website you are visiting and
(ii) Third-party cookies which come from other websites e.g. ads embedded on a page using Google AdSense.
Are Cookies harmful?
Cookies cannot access any information on your computer other than the information you have openly disclosed to the website which sent the cookies to your computer. Cookies can’t be executed as code and as such cannot distribute viruses.
What types of Cookies do we use?
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Community Members and ensure they can access the member-only pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a membership entitles them to.
2. Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your preferences, such as which sections of the website you want to see when you log in.
4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies
We also use third parties to serve cookies. For example, to provide you with personalised advertisements when you visit other selected websites, after your visit to sharepointeurope.com. These advertisements will be in the form of ‘banner advertising’ and will show you products that we believe you will be interested in, based on your browsing history on our website. Meanwhile we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic where all data collected within Google Analytics is anonymised. We may also use third party cookies to help us with improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
Changing Your Settings for Cookies
For more information including how to change your cookie settings or block cookies altogether, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
Please remember that blocking cookies may alter your experience of using this website.
Cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. 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. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. 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.