What Do Website Cookies Do?

Websites use cookies for a variety of purposes, including to track users’ activities, to store preferences, and to serve targeted advertising. This article explains what cookies are and how they work.

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1.What are website cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on your computer when you visit websites. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.

This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website.

Learn more about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data in our Privacy Policy.

2.What do website cookies do?

Website cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are used to store information about your visit, such as your preferred language and other settings. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by allowing sites to remember your preferences and offer you personalized content. But they can also be used to track your browsing behavior and collect personal information.

3.How do website cookies work?

When you visit a website, the website may send a cookie to your computer. Your computer stores this information in a small text file. When you return to the website, the website may read the cookie from your computer and use it to customize your experience on the site. Cookies can also be used to track your online activity and can be used by advertisers to serve targeted ads.

4.What are the benefits of using website cookies?

Cookies provide a number of benefits for website owners and users. They can help to improve the user experience by:

– Allowing websites to remember preferences such as language, font size and other settings. This can make the site easier and quicker to use for returning visitors.
– Collecting information about how users interact with the site, which can be used to improve the user experience.
– Enabling features such as shopping baskets and login systems.
– Allowing website owners to target advertising at their audience more effectively.

For users, cookies can make using websites simpler and more efficient. For website owners, they can help to generate revenue and improve the performance of their site.

5.What are the risks of using website cookies?

Cookies cannot look into your computer to find out information about you or your family and they cannot carry viruses. Although cookies can track which websites you visit and what you do online, this information is usually anonymous (not linked to your name or personal identity).

The main concern around cookies is that some companies use them to collect much more personal information than is necessary. They might do this without you realising it, for example, by collecting data about the products you looked at on their website, or the searches you made. This could be used to target adverts at you on other websites, or even sell your data on without your knowledge.

Other risks of using website cookies include:
– cookies can be used to track your internet activities even after you have left a website, which could potentially lead to identity theft;
– some malicious websites may send viruses hidden in cookie files;
– cookies can make it difficult for you to access certain areas of a website (for example, if you need to login every time you visit); and
– if a website uses too many cookies, it can slow down your internet connection.

6.How can I manage website cookies?

You can manage what cookies are set on your device via your internet browser settings. Generally, there will be four different ways to do this. Below is a guide for the most popular browsers:

-Edge/Internet Explorer

If you would like to find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org .

7.What are some common uses of website cookies?

Website cookies have a variety of uses. Some common uses include:

-Storing preferences and settings
-Keeping track of items in a shopping cart
-Identifying returning visitors
-Analyzing website usage and trends
-Targeting advertising

8.How often are website cookies deleted?

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can Usually, cookies are deleted automatically when you close your browser. You can also delete them manually.

Sites will also delete cookies if you haven’t visited them in a while. This is called “expiry.” For example, Google Analytics uses expiry to free up space on your device by deleting the oldest cookies first.

Some sites will delete all cookies when you clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Clearing your cache doesn’t remove all traces of your online activity, but it’s a good way to get rid of cookies that are no longer needed.

9.Can website cookies be used to track me?

Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a “cookie ID.” Cookie IDs allow websites to track which web browser is accessing the site. This information can be used for a variety of purposes, such as tracking user behavior, remembering preferences, and targeted advertising. However, cookies cannot access or track other data on your hard drive or obtain your email address. Additionally, cookies can only be read by the website that originally issued them.

10.I don’t want to use cookies. What are my options?

If you don’t want to use cookies, you can set your browser to refuse them. However, if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of our website.

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