What are cookies and what are they used for?
- Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
- Cookies are needed to help navigate automatic logins, password authentication, shopping cart functions, personal preference settings and a variety of other functions.
- Cookies make these functions smooth and hassle-free to the user.
- Cookies don’t search your computer for information. Cookies register the information you provide through your browser. When you enter personal and/or financial information on a website, the cookies store your information, both for ease of use on your next visit, and for ad tracking. Information stored by cookies is usually encoded; it is protected from potential computer hackers by security features (which you, the website owner, have put into place.)
- Cookies are necessary and enhance your browsing experience. Without cookies, you would have to reenter all of your information every time you revisited a site. A cookie will simply remember your information on the website to save you time.
- Cookies only store the information you provide. A cookie cannot “grab” your email address. A cookie can store your email address on the website—if you have typed in your email address; a cookie stores all information you voluntarily give when you visit a website.
- Cookies themselves contain very little information other than the URL of the website that created the cookie. Because there is so little information, a cookie can’t be used to identify you by name or other personal information. Advances in technology have seen an increase in how some companies utilize cookie information across websites to create a profile of your web surfing habits and product preferences in order to better tailor content to you.
What types of cookies does the Audira website use?
There are four categories of cookies that we use on this website: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” and “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” You can find out more about each cookie category below.
Strictly Necessary Cookies – These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the Service and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas. On this website they include:
- Remember that you are logged in and that your session is secure. You need to be logged in to participate on the website.
- Performance Cookies – These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages are visited most often, and if there are any error messages from web pages. They don’t collect information that would identify a visitor. Instead the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Functionality Cookies – These cookies allow us to remember how you’re logged in, whether you chose to no longer see specific content (such as our Cookie Notice at the top of the page), whether you made an edit to an article while logged out, when you logged in or out, the state or history of the parts of the website you’ve used. These cookies also allow us to tailor the website to provide enhanced features and content for you and to remember how you’ve customized the website in other ways. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services. On this website they include:
- Track the pages you visits via Google Analytics
- Targeting Cookies – These cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as the 'Like' buttons and 'Share' buttons used by Social Media services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). The third party provides these services in return for recognizing that you have visited our website.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to Audira, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our website. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for Audira, for example to help us understand how our website is being used.
How to control and delete cookies
If you want to delete cookies follow the instructions at here . If you wish to disable your browser from receiving cookies follow the instructions here. Note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of our Service and other parts of our Service may not work properly. You can find out more information cookie settings at third-party information sites, such as www.allaboutcookies.org.