Cookies – what are they?
A cookie is a small file, generally made up of letters and numbers, which is downloaded to a computer’s memory (or other equipment used for online browsing – mobile phone, tablet, etc.) when the user accesses a particular website.
Cookies are created when a user’s browser displays a particular website. The website sends information to the browser, and it creates a text file. Every time the user accesses that web site again, the browser accesses and transmits this file to the website’s server. In other words, the cookie can be seen as an Internet User ID card that notifies the website every time the user returns to that site.
Once installed cookies have a fixed lifetime, remaining “passive” in the sense that they do not contain software, viruses or spyware and will not access the information on the hard drive of the user whose device they have installed.
Cookies can provide faster and easier interaction between users and websites. For example, when authenticating a user on a particular website, authentication data is stored in a cookie; the user can then access that site without having to authenticate again.
In other cases, cookies can be used to store information about user activities on a particular web page so that it can easily resume those activities when accessing the site. Cookies tell the server what pages the user should show to the user so that they do not have to remember this or navigate the entire site from scratch. Thus, cookies can be assimilated to “bookmarks” that tell the user exactly where they stay on a website.
Persistent cookies are stored at the user’s computer and are not deleted when the navigation session is closed. These cookies can retain the user’s preferences for a particular website so that they can be used in other Internet browsing sessions.
In addition to authentication information, persistent cookies can also retain details of the selected language and theme on a particular website, site menu preferences, favorite pages inside a site, etc. When the user accesses a site for the first time, it is shown in the default mode. Subsequently, the user selects a series of preferences, which are then retained by cookies and used when the user revisits the site. For example, a website offers its content in several languages. At the first visit, the user selects English and the site retains this preference in a cookie. When the user revisits the site, the content will be automatically displayed in English.
Persistent cookies can be used to identify individual users and thus to analyze user behavior online. They can provide information about the number of visitors to a website, the time (on average) spent on a particular page, and, in general, the performance of a website. These cookies are configured to be able to track users’ activities for a long time, in some cases even years.
Cookies used through this website:
– Website performance cookies – This type of cookies stores the preferences of the user of this website so that re-setting preferences for subsequent web page visits is no longer required.
– Persistent cookies for site performance analysis – are used to analyze online user behavior. They can provide information about the number of visitors to a website, the time (on average) spent on a particular page, and, in general, the performance of a website.
What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies store information in a small text file that allows for browser recognition. This website recognizes the browser until the cookies expire or are deleted.
Browser settings for cookies
Cookies – how can they be stopped
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make this website difficult to visit, resulting in limitations to its use.
Users can configure their browser to reject cookies or to accept cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings can be accessed, as a rule, in the browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu.
For any additional questions regarding how cookies are used through this website, please contact us by visiting our contact page