Cookies. What do you need to know?
What are cookies for?
Basically they save you time. When you first visit our website we’ll put small text files, beacons or similar files – referred to as cookies – on your computer or device. So next time you visit, our website will recognise your username, for example, your encrypted user ID and preferences.
It means you don’t have to bother with re-entering all your details every time you visit.
Cookies can help us find you content that is especially relevant to you. But most cookies don’t collect personal information that identifies you; they only gather general information. Like how you reached and used eFinancialCareers. It’s the sort of data we can use to analyse our website’s performance. So, ultimately, we can make it more useful for you. They’re quite clever, those cookies!
What cookies do we use?
Ignoring the chocolate chip variety we have with our coffee, we only use four different cookies.
- Essential cookies make sure you can access all the functions and content of our website. They’re concerned with operation, and help us identify you when you visit.
- Performance cookies show us how you use our website and monitor its performance, so we can improve it. Issues can be fixed quickly. Error messages sorted. Performance cookies are responsible for ensuring your journey through our website is as smooth as possible. They track which pages are most popular and what links are most effective. They even highlight the news items, jobs and site services that will be of most interest to you.
- Functionality cookies are the ones that save you having to enter your username and customisation preferences at every visit. They can also bring you enhanced services.
- Behaviourally targeted advertising cookies do what their snappy name suggests. They recognise your interests and send you related advertising messages. If, for example, you’d been reading up on internships on eFinancialCareers and other websites, educational institutes will tailor their online advertising to match your interest. But remember, we never tell advertisers who you are. That would be a breach of confidentiality.
Have you noticed advertising that reflect your particular interests on our website? That’s because advertisers have built a profile of your usage of numerous websites and are using it to bring you relevant information.
Why is that beneficial? On top of the intrinsic value of the information, we believe targeting helps stop you being bombarded with irrelevant messages.
Most companies let third parties serve the cookies described above on their websites. Google Analytics, for example, help us monitor web traffic. Other third party cookies help with market research, revenue tracking, site functionality and checking compliance with Terms and Conditions and Copyright.
Want to know more?
To discover more about how advertisers use behaviourally targeted advertising (and other) cookies and how to disable or avoid receiving them, go to www.youronlinechoices.eu (European residents) or www.aboutads.info/choices (USA residents).
Even more details are available at www.allaboutcookies.org
Can you block cookies?
The answer is yes. Simply go to the ‘How to Manage Cookies’ section below and follow the instructions. But please remember, this may hinder your access to certain parts of our website.
Do we know if you read our emails?
We do. Thanks to a single, campaign-specific ‘web beacon pixel’ we can tell if you opened the message and if you clicked on any of its links or ads. It helps us discover which messages are of most interest to you. And stop sending the ones you don’t want.
We only ever tell advertisers how many people clicked on their ads. Not who the people are. The pixel is removed from your device when you delete the email, but if you don’t want pixels at all, you can opt to receive plain text emails.
How you can manage cookies using your browser
- Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar
- Select Settings
- Click ‘Show advanced settings’
- In the “Privacy” section, click the ‘Content settings’ button
- To enable cookies in the “Cookies” section, pick ‘Allow local data to be set’, this will enable both first-party and third-party cookies. To allow only first-party cookies pick ‘Block all third-party cookies without exception’
- To disable cookies, in the “Cookies” section, pick ‘Block sites from setting any data’
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome.
- For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
- Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’
- In the options window navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab
- To enable cookies: Set the slider to ‘Medium’ or below
- To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft
- Click on ‘Tools’ at the browser menu and select ‘Options’
- Select the Privacy panel
- To enable cookies: Check ‘Accept cookies for sites’
- To disable cookies: Uncheck ‘Accept cookies for sites’
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla
- Click on ‘Setting’ at the browser menu and select ‘Settings’
- Select ‘Quick Preferences’
- To enable cookies: check “Enable Cookies”
- To disable cookies: uncheck “Enable Cookies”
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Opera. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Opera, refer to the following page from Opera Software
Safari on OSX
- Click on ‘Safari’ at the menu bar and select the ‘Preferences’ option
- Click on ‘Security’
- To enable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Only from site you navigate to’
- To disable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Never’
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Safari, refer to the following page from Apple
All other browsers
- Please look for a “help” function in the browser or contact the browser provider.