- Last Updated: Monday, 29 April 2019 19:40
- Written by IELTS Mentor
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files (from a technical point of view) that are stored on a user's computer when the user visits a website or use an application. A cookie contains an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
What cookies do?
Cookies are designed so that they allow our website to recognise the user on subsequent visits, or authorise other designated websites or tools (Google Analytics for example) to recognise these users for some specific purposes, mostly to learn about his/ her browsing statistics of the website. For almost any modern website to work properly and seamlessly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users (not sensitive personal information) and that's what cookies do.
Types of Cookies:
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
What cookies do we use?
We use following types of cookies on our website.
Cookies for remembering User Preferences:
We use these cookies to remember your settings and preferences on our website. This helps us offer you customised web surfing experience on our website.
Cookies for Enhanced Security:
We use these cookies to help identify and prevent security risks. Once we identify you by storing cookies with your session information, we prevent other users or intruders from changing your personal credentials like username and password.
Cookies to track performance:
We use these cookies to collect information about how users interact with our website and contents and this is really helpful to further improve our website in terms of your needs and expectations from our website.
We publish Google AdSense advertisements on our website. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using cookies. This behaviour tracking allows Google to tailor the advertisements that you see on other websites to reflect your interests. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com
Social Media Cookies:
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow a visitor to connect with his/her social network in various ways. For these to work the social media sites including- Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and VK, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance a visitor’s profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Your Choice and control over cookies:
Browser Cookies (Both Desktop and mobile browsers):
Your browser provides you with the option to refuse some or all browser cookies. You may also be able to remove cookies from your browser anytime you want. For more information about how to manage browser cookies, please follow the instructions provided by the browser you use.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can, however, obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome).
(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox).
(c) https://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera).
(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer).
(e) https://support.apple.com/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac (Safari).
(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
Mobile Device Identifiers:
Your mobile operating system may let you opt-out from having certain device identifiers used for interest-based advertising. You should refer to the instructions provided by your mobile device’s manufacturer; this information is typically available under the “settings” function of your mobile device.
NB. Cookies are an important part of how our website and online services work. Removing, rejecting, or limiting the use of them could affect the way you browse or view our website.
More about cookies:
For more general information on cookies browse the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
More resources on cookies could be found on the following URLs: