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What are Cookies and what are they used for?

You've probably noticed that most websites have been posting a message about some Cookies. Well, in this brief tutorial you will learn what they are, how they work and how you can control them.

What are Cookies and what are they used for?

Can I eat my Cookies? :-)

Unfortunately no, because Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer while surfing the Internet, this is usually the case when we first visit a website. Websites use Cookies to remember your activity or settings and then the next time you visit them, you will receive a better experience. The website “knows” that you’ve been here already and in some cases adjusts what you see on the screen. For example, they can be used to memorize the contents of your basket at the webshop.

They can be used to save passwords or forms that you have completed (for example, when you type your name or address on a website). Some cookies are more complicated, they can remember how much time you spend on each website or the links you click on. Generally speaking, the purpose of the cookie is good, not harmful and they don’t spread viruses – they just allow you to have better web experience.

Then what is all that fuss about Cookies?

First of all, the biggest fuss is around privacy issues. Technically, cookies are no secret and have been used for many years, but of course you may be skeptical that large companies use your name, email addresses, and other data for targeted advertising of their products.

It is for this reason that the European Union has adopted a directive on web Cookies (also called the EU’s web cake policy), which aims to alert users to the ways in which websites collect personal information. The law applies to anyone who owns a website located on a server in one of the EU countries or if the site is intended for EU visitors. For this reason, the cookie notification appears on the pages recently and user consent is required.

What are all the kinds of Cookies?

Temporarily Cookies

After this type of Cookie you are very hungry and they disappear after the Internet browser is closed.

Permanent Cookies

These are the type of Cookies that will remain on your computer after the Internet browser is closed. Websites will store data that will be reused when you visit the same website again.

What happens if I disable Cookies?

By blocking your Cookies, you are still able to browse the website, but probably some features of the website wont be available to you.

Am I able to manage my Cookies?

Of course you are able, and if you do not agree to their use, you can easily delete (or prevent) Cookies on your computer or mobile device for the website you are visiting. Since the purpose of Cookies is to improve and enable the use of our web pages and their processes, keep in mind that by preventing or deleting cookies, you can disable the functionality of these features or cause their different behaviour and appearance in your browser. Learn on the links below how to manage your Cookies in different Internet browsers:

If you have any questions, you can always ask Daisy for help

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