What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that websites save on your computer or mobile device while you visit them. Thanks to cookies, the site remembers your actions and preferences (e.g. login, language, font size and other display settings) so that you don’t have to re-enter them when you return to the site or navigate from one page to another.
What types of cookies are there?
Technical cookies are especially important for the functionality of the site. These include navigation cookies and session cookies, which allow user-friendly navigation of the site. There are also so-called Analytics-Cookies, which collect information e.g. on the number of visitors to the site or the visitor journey for the site. The group of technical cookies also includes functional cookies, which allow the site to remember your selection (e.g. filters you set or the automatic setting of the language of a website).
Third party cookies
By visiting a website you can receive cookies both from the site visited (“owners”) and from sites managed by other organizations (“third parties”). A notable example is represented by the presence of “social plugins” for example Facebook, Twitter, Google+. These are parts of the visited page generated directly by the aforementioned sites and integrated into the page of the host site. The most common use of social media plugin is aimed at sharing content on social networks.
The user can authorize, block or delete (in whole or in part) cookies also through the specific functions of his navigation program (so-called browser): however, in the event that all or some of the cookies are disabled, it is possible that the site cannot be consulted or that some services or certain functions of the site are not available or do not work properly and/or the user could be forced to modify or manually enter some information or preferences each time he visits the site.