What are cookies?
- What are the types of cookies we use, i.e. the information we collect with them?
- How is this information used?
- And also, how to manage your cookie settings?
What are cookies (cookies)?
Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your browser by the website or web application (aka web application) you visit. Among other things, they help record information about your visit, which can make it easier to revisit the site and make it more useful to you.
Cookies are an integral part of the way modern websites work. It is worth noting here that these cookies, are not computer programs, and as such do not work as applications in themselves. They are merely a type of data packet sent between the user’s browser and the site’s server.
These enable, for example, the storage of state information (such as items added to a shopping cart in an online store, login status in an online bank) on a user’s device or the tracking of a user’s browsing activity (most personalization and social media integration on websites rely on cookies in one way or another).
Where are the cookies located?
Cookies are placed on the device from which the website is accessed (today this can be a computer, smartphone, tablet, TV, etc.). In practice, what it looks like is that when you visit a site, the site sends cookies to your device, and the device stores them in your browser files.
What’s the fuss about privacy and security?
And when it comes to privacy and cookies, the issue was originally about tracking statistics and advertising systems. Thanks to, having an extensive advertising network, some companies, whose cookies are served by many websites, are able to target users’ preferences more accurately, which may harm their privacy. In practice, for example, it looks like this, we search for something on the Internet, go to various sites, and then ads associated with what we searched for appear to us for some time.
This whole mechanism is operated thanks to the data stored in cookies. Entering a given page containing ads, the script reads from the cookies previous sessions, based on which the relevant algorithms adjust the content. This is where the issue of privacy comes in, the question is: To what extent do we want to allow our Internet searches to be data used for marketing purposes?
How are cookies used? – three types of cookies
We already know that websites use HTTP cookies to improve the Internet experience. The operation of cookies on websites can be divided into 3 categories, representing three types of cookies:
- User session management – User sessions facilitate secure interaction between a user and some service or application. When a user continues to interact with a web application, it sends requests that help track the user’s status during the session. In practice, such cookies are used for logins, auto-filling form fields, shopping lists, etc. Session cookies, also called temporary cookies because they exist only in temporary memory (when the user is on a website page). Browsers typically delete session cookies when the user closes the browser window.
- User Personalization – User Personalization saves a user’s preferences and settings for reuse when the user logs in or launches an application. The settings are saved and synchronized with a central database to help users return to the preferred settings used when they first interact with the application. Examples of such use include user settings, themes, page language.
- Tracking – Tracking records and analyzes a user’s web browsing habits and finds the number and types of pages they visit. Details include the time spent on the site and the sequence of pages in the user’s sessions. Because of the sensitive information involved in tracking, users should be aware of security vulnerabilities when visiting unsecured websites. Such cookies are used for statistics and also for marketing activities.
You use our website according to the settings of your browser or web browsing device. If your settings allow cookies, cookies are saved.
Listed activities of cookies from our site:
- Improved site navigation, thanks to a cookie in some cases we can check a user’s previous preferences, so that scripts can serve up more tailored content. We improve the performance of the website by doing so.
- Thanks to a cookie, we can check whether you are a new or returning user, and therefore we can customize the site so that we don’t show you the same information several times, as well as show you special information only for returning users, such as a newsletter sign-up banner.
- Cookies allow us to use statistics and analysis to learn about users’ preferences and backgrounds. Which also allows us to properly develop our portal in the right direction, increasing its efficiency, as we know what is most popular on our site.
- Cookies can be used for security, they are used to detect abuse within the site.
- On our website, it can be used to test its different versions.
- Thanks to cookies, we can better monitor errors on our site and fix them faster.
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How to disable cookies?
When browsing this site, you are using a device or browser (software on your computer) that allows such cookies. Browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings, are usually found in the “Options”, “Settings” or “Preferences” menu of the browser. In many cases, the option to save cookies is enabled by default – it allows cookies to be saved by default.
Information on the settings of cookies and similar technologies – blocking, deletion can be found in the help materials of the browser, the device you are currently using . Use of these solutions may affect your ability to use our site, our applications, and related sites and applications. Unfortunately, despite our sincerest intentions, we are unable to ensure the smooth functioning of the site for devices with cookies disabled.
How to change your consent?