What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your web browser when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies act as a memory for a website, allowing that website to remember your browser on your return visits. Cookies can also remember your preferences, improve the user experience and tailor the adverts you see to those most relevant to you.
There are two kinds of cookies are used on this website: Session cookies and Persistent cookies.
- Session cookies are used to remember selections made on our website. Session cookies are deleted automatically when you leave the website or close your browser.
- Persistent cookies are used to identify you when you return to our website and/or to remember specific information about your preferences. These cookies also help us understand browsing behaviour within the website, which can assist us in customising content that we believe will be most relevant to your interests. Persistent cookies are stored on the user’s computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. These cookies must be ‘manually’ deleted if you want to remove them.
Different cookies are used to perform different functions.
- Strictly Necessary cookies – some cookies are essential for the site to function, in order to provide you with secure access to certain areas of our website (e.g. Account Settings). These cookies use a unique identifier to ensure the privacy and security of your personal information once you have logged into the website. If your browser is configured to reject all cookies you will be unable to log on to certain areas of the website.
- Performance cookies – these cookies are used to obtain statistics on how visitors interact with our website, for instance which pages are visited most often. These cookies collect information that is aggregated and will not be used to identify you. This type of information allows us to continuously improve our website to provide a better online experience.
- Functionality cookies – these cookies allow our website to remember choices you have made previously in order to improve your online experience.
- Advertising / targeting cookies – these cookies collect information about your browsing habits, which assists in the delivery of more relevant advertising. Third party organisations, including Google, collect certain information when you visit our website in order to display our advertisements when you visit other websites. Advertising features that Southern Cross uses include Google AdWords and Analytics Remarketing and Google Display Network Impression Reporting.
How do I control my cookie settings on my computer?
If you decide to disable or block cookies, parts of our website may not function correctly, or at all. Should you choose to disable or block our cookies you can do this through your browser. Most browsers allow you to manage your cookie preferences from the browser settings.