Cookies are small text files, which are used by most websites. After you visit a website, the cookies are stored to your computer or a mobile device. Cookies usually include the name of the browser from which the cookie was sent, the cookie’s operational life and the value, which is usually some random generated unique number.
Storing the cookie is under complete control of your browser – a user can limit or disable the storage of cookies, which may lead to incomplete use of the website, less content displayed and limited access to some of the functionalities. Cookie are not harmful and are always time-limited.
Most of modern websites are using cookies, as they assist in the use of a website. Storage and reading information stored in cookies is used for:
- sessions (e.g. logging in to forums),
- carts on online shopping websites,
- to repeatedly use your choices (e.g. selecting the language or currency which is used),
- to display different advanced contents on our website (e.g. maps, videos),
- to record the statistic of the visit to the website,
- to support the plug-ins of social networks (e.g. liking and sharing),
- to display ads tailored for the website user.
Cookies can be temporary (for the current “session”), meaning they are used only during your visit to the website and deleted, after you close the web browser; or they can be permanent, which means they remain on the device after you leave the website until you manually delete them or your browser deletes them after a certain period of time.