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Electrocomponents and cookies

Our website uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

What is a cookie and how does Electrocomponents use them? 

A cookie is a file containing a piece of data (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser when you visit a website. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:

  • To recognise your computer when you visit our website;
  • To improve the website's usability;
  • To analyse the use of the website;
  • In the administration of this website;
  • To prevent fraud and improve the security of the website;
  • To track you as you navigate our website.

Is enabling cookies safe?

Yes. Cookies are just short pieces of data, and they are unable to perform any operation by themselves. Electrocomponents strongly encourages you to configure your web browser to accept cookies from our website.

How do I change my cookies settings?

To enable cookies, follow the instructions below for the browser version you are using.
 

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu
  • Click on the "Privacy" tab
  • Click the "Default" button (or manually slide the bar down to "Medium") under "Settings"
  • Click "OK"

Mozilla Firefox

  • Go to the "Tools" menu
  • Select "Options"
  • Select the "Privacy" icon
  • Check the box corresponding to "Allow sites to set cookies"
  • Click "OK" to save changes

Google Chrome

  • Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu
  • Find the "Cookies" section in the "Advanced" category
  • To enable: Select "Accept all cookies" (or "Enable all cookies")
  • Click "OK"

Safari

  • Open Safari if it is not already open
  • Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Privacy
  • In the "Block cookies" section, specify whether Safari should accept cookies from websites, and when

What types of cookies does Electrocomponents use?

You can set your browser to reject cookies (see the 'Help' menu of your browser to find out how to do this), but please bear in mind that if you do this, certain personalised features of this website cannot be provided to you.

There are three different types of cookies that we use:

Session cookies
These are temporary files, which only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website. Your web browser would normally delete these when you close the browser.

Persistent cookies
These files last longer than the browser session (e.g. if you log into a website and then return to the website later, the website knows who you are). Persistent cookies enable this to happen.

Third-party cookies
When you use our website you may be sent third-party cookies that are not related to us. If you go on to a web page that contains embedded content, for example YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites. Electrocomponents does not control the settings of these cookies, so we suggest that you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Below is a list of the most common cookies used by Electrocomponents, with an explanation of what each one is used for.
 

Host Name Type of cookie Origin
.addthis.com uid 3rd Party - Persistent Addthis
.criteo.com uid 3rd Party - Persistent Criteo
.criteo.com udc 3rd Party - Persistent Criteo
.criteo.com dis 3rd Party - Persistent Criteo
rscomponents.taleo.net _atuvc 3rd Party - Persistent Taleo
.electrocomponents.com _utma 3rd Party - Persistent Google
.electrocomponents.com _utmb 3rd Party - Persistent Google
.electrocomponents.com _utmc 3rd Party - Session Google
.electrocomponents.com _utmz 3rd Party - Persistent Google
www.electrocomponents.com _atuvc 1st Party - Persistent  
.addthis.com uvc 3rd Party - Persistent Addthis
.addthis.com uit 3rd Party - Persistent Addthis
.addthis.com psc 3rd Party - Persistent Addthis

Cookie preferences

For more information relating to the use of cookies on websites, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Blocking cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

  • In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector;
  • In Mozilla Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", and un-checking "Accept cookies from sites" in the "Privacy" box.

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

Deleting cookies

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:

  • In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);
  • In Mozilla Firefox, you can delete cookies by first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you "clear private data" (this setting can be changed by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Settings" in the "Private Data" box) and then clicking "Clear private data" in the "Tools" menu.

Doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.