What are cookies?
Advantages of cookies
Cookies make it easy for users to use previously visited websites. If a user uses the same device and browser, his or her preferences can be saved and the website can be appropriately displayed and adjusted to their individual needs. Cookies allow to make statistics which help to understand how users use a given website which make it possible to improve its structure and content. They also allow to maintain a user’s session (when logged in) so that other pages of the website do not require logging in.
Monitoring and deleting cookies
At any time a user can change the way of using cookies. The majority of browsers offer the possibility to accept or reject all cookies, accept only some kind of cookies or inform users when a website is trying to save cookies. Users can also easily delete cookies which were previously saved on a device by the browser. Possibilities to manage and delete cookies vary depending on a browser. All the necessary information can be found using the “Help” function in the browser or visiting an Internet website http://www.aboutcookies.org/, where it is explained how to monitor and delete cookies in the most popular browsers. It should be remembered that blocking all the cookies can cause difficulties in functioning or make it impossible to use some functions of a website.
Which cookies are used by a browser?
- “essential” – they make it possible to use functions available within the website, e.g. maintaining sessions when the user is logged in;
- “functional” – files which make it possible to “remember” selected settings and influence interface personalization;
- “security” – supporting security;
- “effective” – files which make it possible to gather information about the manner of using a given website.