A cookie is a piece of information that the visited website stores on your computer. The information that is usually being saved by cookies is your settings or the settings of the website, such as the chosen language or address. Later on, upon opening that same website, the Internet browser sends back the cookies that belong to that very site. This enables the website to show you information adjusted to your needs. Cookies can also store personal information, such as a name or an e-mail address. However, that information cannot be stored without your permission. Websites cannot be granted access to the information that you have not given to anyone and in no way can they access the other files on your computer. The settings of your Internet browser can always be changed, in order for you to be able to decide whether you want to admit or deny the saving of cookies, or delete the saved cookies automatically when closing the Internet browser.
Temporary cookies are also called session cookies. They are automatically removed from the computer once the Internet browser has been closed.
Permanent or stored cookies remain on your computer after you close your Internet browser. Websites use them to store information, such as a sign-in name and password so that you do not have to sign in each time you go to a particular site.
First-party cookies come from the website that you are viewing and can be either persistent or temporary. Websites might use these cookies to store information that they will reuse the next time you go to that site.
Third-party cookies come from other websites’ advertisements (such as pop up or banner ads) on the website you are viewing. Websites use these cookies to track your web use for marketing purposes.