What is a cookie and what does it do?
A cookie is a file containing a piece of data (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser when you visit a website. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
A cookie helps to determine the usefulness, interest and utility of the website, allowing faster and eficient browsing. Avoid repeatedly enter the same information.
What types of cookies do we use online?
There are two main types of cookies: session and permanent. Session cookies These are temporary files, which only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website. Your web browser would normally delete these when you close the browser. The collected information is used to analise traffic patterns, making easier to identify problems. Persistent cookies stay stored until the user delete them manually or until they expire. They are used as the user makes a new visit to the website for a more personalized service, adjusting the navigation to your interests.
How to manage cookies?
All browsers allow the user to accept, decline or delete cookies at any time by setting the appropriate settings on their browser. You can set cookies on the menu "options" or "preferences" of your browser.
Note that disabling cookies, loses autocomplete some data, such as the login. Additionally, you can prevent some online services to work properly, affecting site navigation.