As you know, we absolutely love cookies. But we’d like to take a moment to talk about another kind – internet cookies. Sure, they’re not half as exciting as a Spikey Mikey or Toffee Yum Yum, but they affect your computer when you browse the internet – so they’re worth knowing about.
Cookies are tiny files that are automatically saved to your computer when you browse sites like greggs.co.uk. They save all sorts of useful information, which helps us to improve your online experience.
They’re perfectly safe, they don’t take up much space and they won’t harm your computer – but even so, we’d like to explain a little more about what they are, what they do and how to get rid of them if they’re not your cup of tea.
Speaking of which – pop the kettle on, get cosy and we’ll start from the beginning.
What are cookies?
Good question. Cookies (sometimes called HTML cookies, internet cookies, tracking cookies, or magic cookies) are tiny text files that are automatically saved on your computer while you browse greggs.co.uk.
While you’re busy looking at Wholemeal Rolls and Belgian Buns, they’re beavering away behind the scenes – saving important information to make viewing our web pages easier or faster for you.
Some cookies send information to us. For example, which pages on greggs.co.uk you’ve visited, which you’ve spent the most time on, what time of day you visited and what you had for breakfast.
Oh alright, not that last one – they’re not that clever. In fact, that leads us onto our next question.
Are cookies safe?
Yes. Our cookies will not save ANY personal information – none whatsoever. The data we receive is completely anonymous. And cookies won’t harm your computer.
Let’s look at each one in more detail.
Which cookies do greggs.co.uk use?
Cookie Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
Source: Google Analytics
Function: These cookies help us to recognise your computer when you visit greggs.co.uk – so you won’t have to spend time downloading the same pages and images over and over again. This makes browsing greggs.co.uk that little bit faster every time. Plus, it’s really useful for us to know when you’ve dropped by.
Cookie Name: PHPSESSID
Source: Greggs website
Function: This is another cookie that helps us to recognise your computer when you visit greggs.co.uk.
Cookie Name: ug
Function: Don’t you just hate being at a party when you don’t know anyone? This cookie is like a friendly host who introduces you around, and tells people what kind of things you’re into – so that they go ‘Oh really? Well maybe you’d be interested in this…’. Which makes the whole experience far more fun.
The only difference here is that instead of leading you around a party, this cookie lets other websites know that you’ve been to greggs.co.uk. That way, if they have any products that might be similar they can let you know all about them. Which has to be better than a total stranger harping on about car insurance.
Cookie Name: __atuvc
Function: As above, this cookie discreetly lets other websites know that you’ve visited greggs.co.uk. That way, they can mention anything similar that might interest you.
Cookie Name: id, __ar_v4, pm_sess, _drt_
Function: As above, this cookie discreetly lets other websites know that you have visited greggs.co.uk. That way, they can mention anything similar that might interest you.
Cookie Name: locale
Function: This cookie is for those who use the Facebook bits and pieces on greggs.co.uk. It lets us know your language and the country you’re browsing from. If we’re big news in Uruguay, we’ll be the first to know.
Cookie Name: x-src, s, presence, c_user, xs, p, act, sub
Function: Fan of Facebook? These cookies make ‘Like’ work. For anyone using the Facebook bits and pieces on greggs.co.uk, this cookie is involved in making anything that you ‘Like’ appear on Facebook.
Cookie Name: datr
Function: Part of Facebook security, this cookie makes sure your Facebook account isn’t being misused by anyone and likewise, that you’re not spamming people. Well, it works both ways.
Cookie Name: lu
Function: Logging into Facebook on a public computer? This cookie notices and adds additional security measures into the login process.
Cookies sound weird. How do I get rid of them?
Hopefully we’ve put your mind at ease that cookies are actually really useful things. Most computers are set to download cookies automatically, so if you’re happy with everything you’ve read, just carry on as you were.
However, if you’re at all concerned about having cookies on your computer, removing them is easy. Show me how to remove cookies.
Likewise, you can change your computer settings so that it won’t download cookies in future. Show me how to change my computer’s cookie settings.
We could go on about cookies all day – and often do. But if you want to do a little background reading yourself, the following resources are quite useful:
Likewise, if you have any further questions by all means drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org