Last updated: 22 May 2012
A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which is placed by a website within computer or device through your web browser; the cookie is subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser.
Cookies are designed to assist your computer or device to remember something the user has done within that website, e.g. remembering that the user has logged in, or which buttons have been clicked.
There are specific cookies related to knowing a user is logged in or not. These are known as authentication cookies. Authentication cookies are important for the website to know what information to show you (the user), or if it needs you to log in.
Cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware.
If you wish to find out more about cookies, you may find this website helpful - www.aboutcookies.org (This link will open in a new window. Home Retail Group is not responsible for the content of this or any other external website).
The list below will be updated as cookies change on our site. Whilst we intend to update this page regularly, there may occasionally be some cookies missing from the list.
You have different options to manage the cookies on your computer or device. You can change your browser settings to prevent cookies from being accepted, or, depending on which browser you are using, you might be able to receive an alert when a website is trying to place a cookie on your browser. With most browsers you can allow first party cookies to be set but refuse to allow third party cookies.
If you change your cookie preferences, you will still be able to browse around the site but certain functions may not be available.
Your browsers 'help' menu should tell you how to block cookies or change your cookie settings. How you adjust your browser will depend on the browser you are using.
You can delete cookies stored in your browser by using a function in your browser - 'clearing your cookies'. Whilst this doesn't mean that you won't collect cookies in the future, it gives you freedom to delete your cookies after you have been online.
Clearing cookies on one browser on one device doesn't automatically clear them on another; you need to clear all browsers on all channels independently.