WHAT IS A COOKIE
Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.
Cookies usually don’t contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.However, marketing is becoming increasingly sophisticated and cookies in some cases can be agressively used to create a profile of your surfing habits.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF COOKIES AND WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR
They are used for example on e-commerce websites so you can continue browsing without losing what you put in your cart. Session cookies also help to improve site load time. They expire when you close your browser.
They persist even when the browser is closed. They have an expiration date though and by law, you can’t make them last more than 6 months. They’re used to remember your passwords and login info so you don’t have to re-enter them every time. Furthermore, it can be used for personalization and to store the preferences of visitors, such as selected language or currency.
Cookies attributes usually corresponds to the website domain they are on. Not for third-party cookies, they are installed by third-party websites, such as advertisers. They gather data about your browsing habits, and allow them to track you across multiple websites and they can track you through different websites. Through them it is possible to determine which pages you visit, in what order and how long you stay in them. Most often used to analyze the visits and the interests of consumers on a particular topic.
WHAT CAN NOT COOKIES DO
Cookies are plain text files. They are not compiled so they cannot execute functions or make copies of themselves. They cannot browse through or scan your computer or otherwise snoop on you or dig for private information on your hard disk.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MANAGE COOKIES STORED ON MY COMPUTER
Cookies can be disabled or removed by tools that are available in most commercial browsers. The preferences for each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options. For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable cookies, please review your browser or device settings.
If you are most concerned about third-party ad cookies generated by advertisers, you can exclude them from here: Your Online Choices site.
Please remember that if you choose to block or disable cookies, some sections of our site may not work properly.
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THIS DOCUMENT IS UPDATED ON 25.05.2018