What are cookies?
A cookie is a text file stored on your web browser when you access a website. It enables a website provider to identify your computer device so that the website can be displayed according to your preferences. Also, it remembers if you’ve previously visited a website visited and is recognized when you return.
Types of cookies
There are two types of cookies known as ‘persistent’ and ‘session’. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive for time specified in cookies files parameters or until they are manually removed. Session cookies, on the other hand, are used temporarily and they expire once a website or a browser is closed.
Why are cookies used?
Cookies store useful information and are used for adjusting the display of website content to ensure a good experience on the web. They are used especially for:
- allowing you to stay logged in to a website
- adjusting a website’s content to your preferences, especially the files that allow the recognition of the device you are using
- creating statistics which help a website provider to understand how their website is used, supporting the improvement of their structure and content (Google Analytics).
Refusing cookies on this site
Most browsers are set to accept cookies. However, you have the ability to disable cookies through changing your internet software browsing settings. It may also be possible to configure your browser settings to enable acceptance of specific cookies, or to notify you each time a new cookie is about to be stored on your computer enabling you to decide whether to accept or reject the cookie. Detailed information about cookies is available in the settings of each browser.