What are cookies and how do they work?
Cookies are small files that are stored on users’ devices when they visit a website. They contain various information that the website reads when you revisit it. They are used by most modern websites. Their storage is under the complete control of the user, as it may restrict or disable the storage of cookies in the browser used by the user. Cookies are used by most web sites because they provide a convenient way to keep fresh and relevant content consistent with the interests and preferences of web users. Based on website traffic statistics, also provided by cookies, site managers can evaluate the effectiveness of their website design, as well as the relevance of the type and number of ads they offer to users on their websites.
By themselves, cookies are not harmful, do not contain viruses or any other malicious code.
The statutory restriction of cookies is primarily the result of the misuse of the tracking technology by users of cookies and thus the encroachment on online privacy.
1. Essential Cookies:
Cookies can have very different ingredients. Good ones are very useful for visitors, especially for sessions, signups, item baskets and similar website tasks. Such cookies allow the use of the necessary components for the proper functioning of the website. Without these cookies, the services that you want to use on this site would not function properly (e.g.: login, purchase process, …) and are therefore absolutely necessary for the website to function properly. These cookies do not collect information through which we can identify the user.
2. Functional cookies:
They serve to anonymously monitor the visit of our web site and indirectly benefit the users as they provide insight into what contents on the website are of interest to the users and based on feedback can bring the site closer to readers with more interesting content. Such cookies also called functional cookies allow a website to remember some of your settings and choices (eg username, language, region) and provide advanced, personalized features.
3. Advertising cookies:
They record information about users’ online activities. These types of cookies are most commonly used by advertising and social networks to show you ads that may be of interest to you. They can also limit the repetition of ads or measure the effectiveness of campaigns.
Disabling cookies in browsers
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. You can turn off cookies at any time in your browser settings. Details of the cookie settings can be found at the links below to the most used browsers. Select the web browser you are using and click the link: