What are Cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on ngaweb.net as you browse, to help track your use of our site and to personalize your journey. If you return to ngaweb.net, the server can call the information from the cookies stored on your computer to tailor your experience of the site.
Cookies are safe to be stored on your computer and almost all web browsers automatically accept cookies. You can always choose to not accept a cookie by changing your browser settings to reject cookies automatically, or so that each cookie must be approved individually, but this may limit the functions available. The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers also tells you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to delete old cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. Please note that, in principle, cookies are only deleted on a forward-looking basis unless you actively delete the cookies that have already been used. For additional information on how to control cookies please see the Cookie Control section below.
We want to make sure you are fully aware of the cookies we use and what they do on ngaweb.net. Our cookies serve various purposes, but are generally either necessary or essential to the functioning of our sites, services, applications, tools or messaging, help us improve the performance or provide you extra functionality of the same, or help us to serve relevant and targeted advertisements.
Cookies can be categorized by the purpose they serve (ie. Strictly Necessary) and by whether they are considered a “First Party Cookie” or “Third Party Cookie,” which describes who manages and controls the cookie and any information it collects.
First Party Cookies. These are cookies that are controlled and managed by North Georgia Web. This means that we also have access to any data that is being collected or stored. North Georgia Web only uses First Party Cookies that are either Strictly Necessary.
Third Party Cookies. These are cookies that are controlled and managed by a third party and they place these cookies on your device when you visit our site. Data collected, stored or used by the cookie is only accessible by the third party. We may use Third Party Cookies for each of the purposes listed below. Some may collect personally identifiable information (such as IP addresses). Some collect data in an anonymized form and aggregate statistics (such as Performance Cookies.)
Strictly Necessary or Essential: ‘Strictly necessary’ or “essential” cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas and shopping baskets. Without these technologies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. Please note that these technologies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet. Accepting these technologies is a condition of using our sites, services, applications, tools or messaging.
Functional: “Functional” cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we’ve added to our pages.
Performance: ‘Performance’ cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users and measure the effectiveness of our content. They do this by gathering statistical information, for instance, about page visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. This also helps us know which pages are the most and least popular and lets us understand how visitors more around the site. The statistical data collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous.
Targeting: “Targeting” cookies may be set through our sites, applications, or tools by third party advertising partners. This is in order to deliver content, including product related advertisements, relevant to your specific interests on our sites or third-party sites. They may be used by these companies to build a profile of your interests so that relevant adverts can be displayed on other sites. The profiles are built based on a unique identifier that is assigned to the cookie and linked to your browser and internet device.
You are always in control of your cookie preferences via your browser settings. Cookies are usually enabled by default on your browser, so if you have not changed your settings you should expect to be accepting cookies from websites. Note that, in principle, cookies are only deleted on a forward-looking basis. This means that you may need to delete cookies that have already been placed on your device.
Cookies that are disabled through your browser will limit your experience of ngaweb.net and many other websites online because it may also block cookies that allow functionality or that are necessary for the site. Most browsers allow you to choose whether to authorize cookies on a specific websites even if you have disabled cookies. Some browsers also allow you to choose to block only third party cookies. Please note that, blocking only third party cookies may still impact the functionality of the website depending on the functionality of the third party cookies being used.
If you wish to change your cookie settings we have provided a guide below for you. First, find out what your default web browser is on your machine, or the browser you use most often to access the internet. To work out what browser you are using, simply open the internet as usual, and then follow the steps below:
On the toolbar at the top of your browser click ‘Help’ and choose the ‘About’ option from the drop down. This will tell you the browser type and version.
Open the internet as usual and once open, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and choose the ‘About’ option. This will again tell you the browser type and version. Once you know the browser you are using you can find the cookie settings using the guide below relevant for your browser:
|Checking your settings in Internet Explorer Locate the “Tools” tab on the menu areas of your browser. Click on this. There is an option called “Internet Options” on the list, select this option. This should open a pop up box with lots of tabbed options. Select the “Privacy” tab from the list. Internet Explorer has a high, medium, low auto-adjust system for internet content handling.You can configure your own settings by clicking the advanced tab and ticking the “Override automatic cookie handling”. Settings above Medium will disable cookies, Medium or below will enable cookies.|
|Checking your settings in Mozilla Firefox Locate the “Open Menu” button in the top right corner of your browser. Click on it. From the list of options on the drop down menu, click on “Options”. A new tab with options should open. Find the”Privacy & Security” tab on the left side menu and select this. You should now see a list of Browser Privacy settings. Under the “History” drop down menu, select “Use custom settings for history” if you wish to adjust your cookie settings.|
|Checking your settings in Google Chrome Look for the Vertical ellipsis button in the top right corner of Chrome and click on this. From this menu, select “Settings”. Within settings, click on the Hamburger menu in the top left corner. You will see “Advanced” drop down menu. Open it and click on “Privacy and security”. When this page loads you will see a list of options. Locate “Content Settings” and select this. This brings up your content controls including cookie permissions – select the option you feel most comfortable with.|
|Checking your settings in Safari Locate the “Safari” button at the top of your browser and click on this. From the list of options select “Preferences”. This should open a pop up window with several tabs along the top. From this list select the “Privacy” option. This will open the tab page that allows you to control the cookie settings on your browser.|
|Checking your settings in Opera Click the Opera file icon in the top left hand corner of your browser. From the drop down list of options, select “Settings”. You will see a menu with Basic and Advanced. Choose the “Advanced” drop down menu. This shows you the advanced options. Select “Privacy and security”. You will see a list of options. Locate an option called “Content settings” and click on it. You will see another list of options with “Cookies” at the top. Select “Cookies”. This presents the cookie options for your use on this browser.|
|If you have another browser… Please check the help settings within your browser or use a search engine to find answers on the best way to enable or disable cookies in your chosen browser. Please remember we are not responsible for the content on external websites. If you want more information… You can visit the following website for an in-depth guide to cookies and how to control, delete and understand them. http://www.aboutcookies.org/|