What are cookies?
Cookies are information elements extracted from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. These are small information files that allow websites to store and use information about user’s website usage habits.
Cookies are used by most websites because they are one of the many tools that help to adapt web content to the needs of users. Cookies allow sites to provide users with services tailored to their individual needs (for example, by remembering their login data, shopping cart items, or showing the content that matches user’s interests).
There are different types of cookies: temporary cookies (or session cookies) are deleted when a user closes the browser; permanent cookies are not deleted and remain until they are deleted by active user actions or until they expire.
How do I delete cookies?
Settings of many browsers enable automatic acceptance of cookies. You can disable cookies in your browser settings, but be aware that in this case you may lose the ability to use a large number of functions that are necessary for the website to work properly. If you need more information about cookies, please visit www.aboutcookies.org where you will find detailed, independent information on how to disable cookies in your browser settings and how to delete cookies that are already on your computer. To delete cookies on your mobile phone, you need to check the phone’s manual.
Types of cookies
Mandatory cookies: these cookies are necessary in order for you to use the site and its features, such as access to secure pages of the site. Without these cookies, some of the site’s services may not be available, e.g., online purchases.
Performance improving cookies: these cookies collect information about how users visit the site, including information on which pages are visited more often and whether users receive error messages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies the site user. These cookies collect general information, so it is anonymous. The information received is only used to improve the site’s performance.
Functional cookies: these cookies allow the site to remember your choses (such as your username, language, or region) and offer an extended set of features that that meet users’ needs. The information collected by these cookies can be made anonymous. Also, these cookies cannot monitor the user’s behaviour on other sites.
Targeted or advertising cookies: these cookies are used to display ads that should be relevant to you and correlate with your interests. They are also used to show you certain ads a certain number of times, as well as to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns.