Simple explanations: Cookies 

Technology can be complicated. Luckily we’re here to help with some plain English explanations. Here are the facts about cookies.

For the optimum user experience our resources require cookies to be enabled on your computer. This page will explain what they are, why they are important and how you can be sure yours are enabled.

  • What is a cookie? A “cookie” is a simple line of coding text that your computer collects when it visits a website. It allows the website to learn about you, and your computer’s settings. It allows for a better – and often faster – user experience by letting your browser recall any custom information you have set, and not have to load an entire page each time you visit. Instead, key information is “remembered” by your computer.
  • Are cookies harmful? Can they transmit virsuses? No. They are just short text strings, nothing more.
  • Are cookies common? Yes. Virtually every website uses cookies in some form.
  • I’m worried about privacy. Can 3P Learning read personal information from my hard disk with a cookie? Absolutely not. A cookie is sent to your computer and then returned to our server. No personal information is collected.

Enabling cookies on your computer

Enabling cookies on your computer is actually very simple – although the method will vary dependant on which browser you are using. Click below for instructions for the browser you are using (please note – dependant on the version of your browser, these methods may vary slightly).

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Internet Explorer (minimum supported version is IE8+)

  • Click the Tools menu top right. It will look like a gear icon.
  • Select “Internet Options”.
  • Click the Privacy tab.
  • Click the “Default” button (or manually slide the bar down to ‘Medium’).
  • Click the OK button.


Mozilla Firefox for PC (note: in Firefox, cookies are enabled by default)

  • On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select “Preferences”.
  • Select the Privacy panel.
  • Set “Firefox will…” to Remember history.

Mozilla Firefox for Mac (note: in Firefox, cookies are enabled by default)

  • Go to the Tools menu and select “Options”.
  • Click on the Privacy tab.
  • Tick the box for Allow sites to accept all Cookies
  • Click OK.


Google Chrome for PC

  • Click the “customize and control” menu at the top right.
  • Click the “Settings” controls. A new tab will automatically open.
  • Click on “Show advanced settings….” near the bottom of the page.
  • Click on “Content settings….”
  • Under “Cookies,” make sure that “Allow local data to be set (recommended)” is selected.
  • Click “OK.”

Google Chrome for Mac

  • Click the Chrome menu
  • Select Preferences.
  • Click Under the Hood
  • Click Content Settings
  • Click Allow local data to be set.


Safari for Mac (minimum supported version is v5+)

  • Click the Safari menu on the top left of your screen.
  • Select Preferences.
  • Click the Privacy tab.
  • In the “Block Cookies” section, select “Never.”