Cookie is a small file that stores information about a user, web browser, and Internet behavior. It will be stored on the user's terminal (computer, mobile equipment, etc.) from which the Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed based on a request issued by a web-server to a browser (eg Google Chrome, Internet Explorer). The cookie is a passive file (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the user's hard drive).
Cookies contribute to generating an effective, friendly browsing experience and customized to each user's preferences. Rejecting cookies can block the proper functioning of some sites.
Cookies make possible to recognize the user's terminal and present the content in a relevant way, customized to the user's preferences and provide users with a pleasant browsing experience. They are also used to generate anonymous statistics to understand how a user benefits from information on webpages, allowing them to improve their structure and content without a personal identification of the user.
The term cookie is general and there are many ways that a cookie can be used. That's why there are different kinds of cookies. This site uses two of the most common types of cookies:
- session cookies: there is a temporary memory until the internet browser is closed. All stored information is deleted when the navigation session is complete
- persistent cookies: they remain in the user's computer until they are deleted or reach their expiration date. Persistent cookies are used to gather user information for a certain amount of time.
Visiting this site cookies might be placed with the following purposes: registration, web page performance, visitor analysis, geotargetting, advertising.
Cookies use plain text formats. They do not contain pieces of programming codes, so they can not be executed and can not auto-run. They can not duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they can not perform these functions, they can not be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. They store information about user preferences and browsing history, both on a specific site and on several other sites. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this and consistently mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures. Browser applications have privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance. It is possible that cookies will no longer be accepted or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. Check the "settings" (or similar) section of your browser to make the desired settings.