Cookies are files, usually including unique identifiers, sent to web browsers by web servers, and then sent back to the server whenever the browser requests a page on the webserver.
Cookies can be used by web servers to recognize, monitor and identify users who are returning to a website while visiting different pages on a website.
Whether “persistent” or “session” cookies maybe cookies. A persistent cookie is a text file that is sent to a web browser by a web server and is saved on a computer and remains active until its expiration date (unless the user has removed it before the expiration date). At the end of the user session, however, a client cookie expires when the web browser is locked.
Cookies On The Website
We use both session cookies and persistent website cookies.
Cookies do not contain any information that identifies you directly, however, personal information we store about you may be connected to the information stored and collected by us from cookies. The cookies used on our website include strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, track cookies (performance cookies), remember your choices (cookies for functionality), and cookies for the delivery of target content or publicity to you.
For the following purposes, we may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies:
- To recognize your computer when you visit the website.
- To track you as you navigate the website, and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities.
- To improve the website’s usability.
- To analyze the use of the website in the administration of the website.
- To personalize the website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
- Third-party cookies.
You may also get third-party cookies when you use the website.
Cookies can be sent to you by our advertisers and service providers. You can use the details you receive from using your cookies:
- To track your browser across multiple websites.
- To build a profile of your web surfing.
- To target advertisements that may be of particular interest to you.
You will refuse to accept cookies in most browsers. For example, you may reject all cookies in Internet Explorer by clicking on “Tools,” “Internet Options,” “Privacy” and by clicking the slider on the “Cookies block” button. In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking on “Tools,” “Options” or by unchecking the “Accept Site Cookies” option in the “Privacy” box.
You can customize your cookie permissions in Google Chrome by clicking on ‘Tools,’ ‘Under the Hood,’ Content Settings in the ‘Privacy.’ Click on the User Settings tab on Cookies.
You can disable cookies in Safari by clicking on ‘Preferences,’ selecting the ‘Security’ tab and deleting cookies.’
Nevertheless, blocking all cookies would affect the usability of many websites. You may be unable to use certain website functions (login, access information, use search functions) if you block cookies.
You can also delete cookies that have already been stored on your computer:
You have to manually delete cookie files in Internet Explorer; In Firefox you can delete cooky files by first ensuring that cookies will be disabled when you ‘clear up your private data’ (this setting may be changed by clicking ‘Tools, options’ and ‘Private Data ‘ settings), and then you have to click ‘Clear Private Data’ on the menu ‘Tools.’
You can configure your cookie permissions in Google Chrome by clicking “Settings,” “Under the hood” or “User settings” in the section “Privacy.” Click on the Content Settings tab for Cookies.
In Safari you can delete cookies, select “Privacy” and “Delete All Website Data” by clicking the “Preferences” tab.
This can adversely affect the usability of many websites.