Learn more about the Cookies

What are Cookies?

The HTTP cookie, commonly referred to simply as a cookie, is a packet of information in the form of a very small file sent by a web server to your Internet browser and then returned by the browser every time he has access to the same server. Cookies are invented by Lou Montulli, a former employee of Netscape Communications. Almost every bigger and more feature-rich site on the Internet uses cookies.

Content and purpose of cookies

Cookies may contain any information selected by the server and are used to support the status of HTTP transactions that are otherwise "without a state". Typically, they are used to authenticate a registered user's identity on a website as part of the login or initial sign-up process on the site, and the user does not need to re-enter a username and password each time the site is accessed.

Others use cookies to maintain a shopping cart for selected items to buy from a site during one session, personalize a site (display different pages for different users), and track individual users' access to a site, for consumer content rating systems, and so on.

The best example of cookie information is whether you've responded with "ok" about using cookies for this site so you will not be asked again. Also, some other sites built by other sites use cookies to collect anonymous statistics about where you came from the video in question and which videos are being watched.

How long is the cookie saved on my computer?

Generally, a cookie remains logged on to the user's computer for use in the next session, but this is not a requirement or a rule - it can also be used only within one session and deleted at the end of the session. Cookies can also be deleted by the user at any time.

What do cookies identify?

If more than one browser is used on a computer, everyone has separate storage space for cookies. Cookies do not identify a person, but a combination of a computer and a web browser. Therefore, a person using multiple browsers and/or computers have a separate set of cookies for each computer-browser combination. On the other hand, cookies do not distinguish between multiple users sharing the same computer and browser unless they use different user accounts.

What to do if you do not want cookies to be installed on your computer?

Some people find that having a place to store information on their computer or mobile device is somewhat interfering, especially when this information is stored and used by third parties unknown to them. If you prefer, it may be possible to block some or all of the cookies or even remove the cookies that have already been placed on your device, but you should be aware that you may lose some functionality. To do this, you need to change the privacy settings of your browser. Below is explained how.

What are these warnings anywhere that the site uses cookies?

On May 25, 2011, the European Union has introduced a requirement for all websites operating on its territory to seek the consent of their users to install cookies. The arguments in favor of the decision were that they pose a potential risk to the management of EU citizens' personal data and jeopardize their integrity.

Although there is no clear text to suggest how this "consent" should appear, for now, the standard of so-called "tacit consent" is used. According to him, the user permits installation if he continues to view the specific website after a cookie alert.

What does the availability or lack of such a message guarantee on a site and which one should bother me?

The concept of user awareness is generally good, but the lack of such a message on a site, unfortunately, does not guarantee that cookies are not being used. If the site in question is designed to misuse and/or install malicious software on your computer, we strongly doubt you will be warned of it.

In our opinion, the existence of such a message at the moment means one thing: that the owners and administrators of the site in question want to adhere to the adopted laws (good or bad, effective or not) and deliberately tampered with their site in order to comply with the rights of their users. The real-looking site with a cookie warning is more likely to be safe than one that does not have one but uses cookies.

Enable or disable cookies from browser settings:

Almost any browser can either allow or disable the use of cookies by setting it up. We've provided some information about some of the most widely used browsers below.

 

for Microsoft Internet Explorer:

Tools> Internet Options> Privacy tab
Use the slider to set the options, or use the advanced options (Advanced ...)


for Mozilla:

Tools> Cookie Manager OR
Edit> Preferences> Privacy & Security
Set options in the Cookies item
Cookie Sites allows Domain Settings: Block / Session / Allow

Stored Cookies opens a cookie window that displays details of stored cookies, with the ability to delete or block


for Opera

Opera> Settings> Preferences ... OR
Ctrl + F12
Advanced> Cookies
Accept cookies - the use of cookies is allowed. Value is set by default.
Accept only cookies from the site I visit - allow the use of cookies only from the site you have visited.
Never accept cookies - Disallowing cookies.
Delete new cookies when exiting Opera - deleting new cookies after closing the browser. If you've visited a new site that stores cookie information after the browser is closed, newly created cookies are automatically deleted.
Ask me before accepting cookies - the browser asks the user if they want to / do not use cookies when needed.
Manage Cookies - Organize cookies.


for Google Chrome:

Options> Advanced settings
Privacy> Content Settings> Cookies
Allow local data setting (recommended) - the default value is set.
Allow the local data to be set only for the current session.
Set data from sites completely blocked.
Block cookies from third parties - yes/no
Cookies and other site and plug-in data to clear when I close my browser - yes/no