What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files that are downloaded on to your computer when you browse different websites, for example when you access your Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo email.
Cookies allow a webpage to recognize a visitor’s browser and they do not contain or collect information. For example, they are used to keep users logged into their accounts without having to re-identify each time they sign in. Another example is advertising in which case, advertisements are offered in line with the interests of the user and based on the online ads that he/she previously visited.
The following types of cookies are used by this blog:
– First-party cookies: These are strictly necessary cookies. They allow you to interact with the website and use all its functions. (They last between 23 days and three months).
– Performance and analysis cookies: these are cookies used for analysis and statistics that improve your experience on the website. They are used so that information that is relevant and in line with your interests is showed to you. (They last between 100 days and 1 year).
– Affiliation cookies: In the case of using affiliation links, these cookies allow the affiliation company to detect if a client comes from this website.
– Advertising cookies: We do not use them on this blog.
Likewise, Google Analytics enables cookies in the domain of the website:
– __utma”: is necessary for the operation of Google Analytics and lasts for 2 years.
– __utmz”: is used to locate the visit, i.e. where and how the user has come to our website and lasts for 6 months.
They are used to compile statistics anonymously: the number of visits, consultation period, search engine used, keywords, global location, content visited, as well as other parameters of traffic on the website.
Google stores this information without identifying any user. Nor can it associate your IP address with any other information at its disposal. In addition, Google Inc is a company that is a party to the Safe Harbor Agreement. This agreement guarantees that the data transferred will be treated following the protection levels of European legislation. For more information about Google Analytics, you can go to the following link.
How to disable cookies?
All browsers allow you to disable cookies. These settings are located in the “options” or “preferences” of your browser’s menu.
Here are links to instructions for different browsers where you can disable cookies.
However, remember that disabling cookies means losing functionality on many websites.
– Instructions for Internet Explorer
– Instructions for Mozilla Firefox
– Instructions for Google Chrome
– Instructions for Safari
If you don’t want to be tracked by cookies, Google has developed a plug-in to install in your browser that you can get using this link.