Cookies can be described as packets of data that act as unique identifiers of users on a website. They are sent by web servers to web browsers, every time a browser requests a page from the web server.
Cookies can be used to identify the website being used by the user; or information relating to the user that is on the website. They too can be of various types – persistent or session being the two main ones. Persistent cookies are mainly a text file that is sent by a web server to the browser and remains valid until a date of deletion. It can be deleted by the user prior to that date as well. A session cookie is one that expires as soon as the browser session is terminated.
Cookies on the website
On this website, both persistent cookies and sessions cookies are utilized to extract user data.
Prior to informing how cookies are used by the website, it is imperative to understand that cookies do not track any form of data that is personal to the user or may distinguish them. The information gathered is entirely basic and imperative for proper functioning of the website. The cookies used on the website include those which are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation. This includes cookies that track usage (performance cookies), store user choices (functionality cookies), and ones that provide certain targeted advertisements.
Further cookies may be used for the following purposes on the website:
- To identify and recognize the computer on which the user is accessing the website
- To improve the personalization and experience of the user on the website
- To better administrate the website
- To provide interesting targeted advertisements that will pique the user’s interests
Third party cookies
They are able to access the following information through the use of third party cookies:
- To track browser experience across various devices
- To create an online web surfing profile for the user
- To ensure that they are able to give a targeted experience for advertisements
Blocking Usage of Cookies
Cookies may be deleted or blocked entirely if one does not wish to provide any form of data whether impersonal. The settings to do so are different depending on one’s web browser. Deleting cookies or entirely blocking them can lead to unexpected results for the user and cause malfunction in the performance of the website for them. They may stop seeing targeted advertisements, or their saved personal settings on the website may be deleted.