So with that said, you may still want to take a look at the description of what kind of cookies are out there, how they are used and how to deal with them.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
What are first and third party cookies?
- First-party cookies - these are cookies that belong to the parent site.
- Third-party cookies -These are cookies that may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for a site, for example to help them understand how the site is being used. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by some business partners so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.
What are the types of cookies?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” Sites routinely uses any,or all, of the four categories of cookies. You can find out more about each cookie category below.
- Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around a site and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas.
- Functionality Cookies. These cookies allows sites to remember how you’re logged in, whether you chose to no longer see advertisements, whether you made an edit to an article on the site while logged out, when you logged in or out, the state or history of site tools you have used. These cookies also allow them to tailor the site to provide enhanced features and content for you and to remember how you’ve customized the site in other ways, such as customizing the tool bars we offer in the right column of every page. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.
- Targeting Cookies. Site advertising partners or other third party partners may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services. This information may be shared with organizations outside the site, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate site usage statistics and aggregate site testing.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie.
- Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing.
- Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
CONTROLING AND DELETING COOKIES
If you want to delete cookies follow the instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser-Cookies. If you wish to disable your browser from receiving cookies follow the instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Disable-Cookies. Note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of some sites and other parts of a site may not work properly. You can find out more information cookie settings at third-party information sites, such as www.allaboutcookies.org.