Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, which your computer or mobile device downloads when you visit a website
Session cookies - temporary cookies that are only stored on your computer for as long as you're on a particular website. If you close your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) and end your 'session', the cookie will automatically be deleted.
Session cookies tend to be used to remember things whilst you're browsing a website. For example, if you're shopping online, a session cookie will be used to remember that you've added something to your 'shopping basket' and it will allow the website to keep it there for you.
Persistent cookies - more long-term cookies that remain on your computer after you've closed your browser. How long they stay on your computer changes from cookie to cookie, but it's usually 30 days.
Like session cookies, persistent cookies are also used to remember things from when you've been browsing, but because they're still on your computer after you've left a website, they can be used to make sure that when you return what you're seeing is relevant to you e.g. clothes like those you may have looked at previously or grocery items you may have bought before.
Third-party cookies - cookies that are set by, or whose information is sent back to, a website that is different to the one you're viewing.
Each time you visit our site you can choose to opt-out of having persistent and third-party cookies placed on your computer's hard drive.
Session cookies will automatically be deleted when you leave our site, but you can choose to opt out of persistent cookies set by Provident and/or third-party cookies.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. To understand these settings the following links may be helpful, or you can use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.