Cookies

What are Cookies?

Cookies are very small text files that most websites send to your computer when you visit a website. They enable a website to bring up information such as your name, your last order etc. They also make interaction and moving around a website faster and easier for you.
 

Do we use 'Cookies' ?

Yes, we do use cookies – all websites use cookies!
 
Our cookies can't harm your computer. They are not computer programs, and can't read other information saved on your computer. They cannot be used to send viruses, or get information from your computer. We, like most websites, don't store personally identifiable information such as credit card details in cookies, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site. Things like, helping us to find and sort out problems that may occur while you are on our website.
 
We also have relationships with very carefully-selected and monitored suppliers who may also set cookies during your visit. These are set so we can analyse the performance of our website and improve it for you. They are also used for remarketing purposes - in other words to show you tailored advertising from TheDogsDoodahs when you visit other websites.
These cookie text files are very very small and take up virtually no storage space on you computer, so won’t make it run slower or reduce your hard drive space either.
 
You can find more information about cookies here: http://www.aboutcookies.org/
To be able to purchase on our website it is recommended that you have cookies enabled. If you turn your cookies off then you will only be able to browse cards and gifts.
 

Which cookies do we use?

We use these cookies all of the time:
 
ASP.NET_SessionId
This one is from us and will go away when you finish your visit. It helps the site recognise you as you move from page to page, for example remembering if you’ve already got something in your basket.
 
__utma, __utma, __utmc, __utmz
This one comes from Google Inc. Google is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web and we use their analytics systems to track how our site is performing, so we can make improvements to your experience on our website.
 
We use these cookies some of the time:
 
WRUID
This is a cookie from “ClickTale” - ClickTale is an Internet company that provides Customer Experience Analytics and Web Analytics services. Again we use this to help improve your experience on our website.
 

How to ensure cookies are being stored?

Most web browsers have cookies enabled, and so you won’t need to do anything. If you want to check cookies are being stored on your computer, or to turn them off you may do so by referring to your internet browser's instructions (usually contained in a section called “Help”).
 
If you're not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet:
•    For PCs: Click on 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select the 'About' option.
•    For Macs: With the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select the 'About' option.

How to check cookies are enabled for PCs

Google Chrome
1.    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options
2.    Click the 'Under the Hood' tab, locate the 'Privacy' section, and select the 'Content settings' button
3.    Now select 'Allow local data to be set'
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
1.    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet options' , then click on the 'Privacy' tab
2.    Ensure that your Privacy level is set to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser
3.    Settings above Medium will disable cookies
Mozilla Firefox
1.    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options
2.    Then select the Privacy icon
3.    Click on Cookies, then select 'allow sites to set cookies'
Safari
1.    Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option
2.    Click on 'Security', check the option that says 'Block third-party and advertising cookies'
3.    Click 'Save'
 

How to check cookies are enabled for Macs

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 on OSX
1.    Click on 'Explorer' at the top of your browser window and select 'Preferences' options
2.    Scroll down until you see 'Cookies' under Receiving Files
3.    Select the 'Never Ask' option
 
Safari on OSX
1.    Click on 'Safari' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option
2.    Click on 'Security' then 'Accept cookies'
3.    Select the 'Only from site you navigate to'
 
Mozilla and Netscape on OSX
1.    Click on 'Mozilla' or 'Netscape' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option
2.    Scroll down until you see cookies under 'Privacy & Security'
3.    Select 'Enable cookies for the originating web site only'
 

All other browsers

Please consult your documentation or online help files.
There are also a number of websites which help you identify cookies and opt out of personalised advertising (sometimes known as behavioural advertising).
 
Opting out of a network does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your Web preferences and usage patterns.
 
http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
 
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices

Does this all sound scary and a load of gobbledegook?

We agree. The reason why we have some much information on cookies is because the bigwigs in some high up place decided all websites should have a ‘cookie statement’, we were pretty tempted to put up a big picture of Cookie Monster and make some crunch-crunch noises. Thing is, whilst we’re much happier getting on with the business of creating funny personalised cards, sometimes you have to just give in and do what the law says you have to do. So, we have cookies- we don’t know how a website would work properly without them really. They are little techy things which do pretty much no harm (they don’t store anything apart from random bits of text). You could cover your grandmother in them and she wouldn’t bat an eyelid. The monkeys in the tech room rely on them so they can show us pretty graphs about how many of you have visited from East Anglia or whatever and the boss likes to be sure we can say hello when you login (how rude not to!). That’s about it really.

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