A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser on your computer. This file is then sent back to the server each time you visit that page again to let the server know you are back.
Cookies can be used by web servers to allow web applications to identify you as an individual and tailor the websites functionality to your needs and preferences, based on what information the cookie has gathered.
There are two key types of cookies: "Persistent cookies" or "Session cookies". A persistent cookie will be stored by the browser and will remain in your system and valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
As we have no need for a login process, or verification of identify in any way to fully utilise what Portus offer, there is no worry about our cookies retrieving any personal data or information from your computer. However we are committed to providing the best possible service across the board, and this also includes your privacy, so we have impemented suitable physical and digital procedures to ensure the data we collect is secure.
We also use Google Analytics (Terms of Service) to monitor statistical data about the traffic to our site. This can then be used to generate graphical representations of it's findings so that we are able to continuously alter and improve our site to what we believe visitors, as well as clients, would like. None of the data that is collected will ever be used by us to identify you as a clear individual, or to pass on to third party organisations for marketing purposes.
Once again, if you have read Google's ToS for this service and wish to opt of of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, you can click here.
You do not have to accept cookies, from us or any other website you visit. We operate on an 'Implied Consent' basis, and simply offer this page to you so that you can make an informed decision whether you are happy browsing the site. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browsers settings to deny either 'All cookies' or 'Third Party cookies only'. If this is not an option, many browsers offer an anonymous usage setting (Google Chrome has "Incognito", Internet Explorer has “InPrivate” and there is "Private Browsing" for Firefox and Safari etc.)