Last modified on: 02/19/2023
What is a cookie?
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data stored on a person’s computer or device. Cookies perform essential functions in the modern web.
What are cookies used for?
Session cookies are temporary cookies that remember your online activities. For example, they are a mechanism for websites to remember information about a person or to record the person’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons or recording which pages were visited in the past). A good example of how session cookies are helpful is online shopping. When you’re shopping online, you can check out at any time. That’s because session cookies track your movement, so the website knows it is still you each time you navigate to a new page on the store’s website. Without the session cookie, your cart would be empty when you tried to check out.
Persistent cookies (also known as first-party cookies) work by tracking your online preferences. Persistent cookies are the most common method used by web servers to authenticate a person, to know whether they are logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with. Without such a mechanism, the site would not know whether to send a page containing sensitive information or require the user to authenticate themselves by logging in. Persistent cookies also help computers remember preferences like your language selection, saved content, and more.
Tracking cookies, and especially third-party tracking cookies, are commonly used as ways to create long-term records of a person’s browsing histories, show targeted advertisements to them across the Internet, and track behavior, such as whether an email has been received and opened.
Opting out of cookies.
You may adjust your browser settings to block cookies and other tracking technologies. Please note though, we do not provide your browser to you so we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of those settings. If you have questions about your browser settings and how they impact the effectiveness of cookies and other similar tracking technologies, please contact the browser provider for help and support. Unfortunately, we cannot help with those kinds of technical questions.
If you block cookies on our Website or in connection with our Services, you may be unable to access certain areas of our Website and certain functions of our Services will not work in the usual way.