Cookies on websites are not very tasty or sweet, but they are very useful.
Cookies are small text files that contain data about users who visit websites.
What are cookies used for?
So-called persistent (read: lasting) cookies are used to store data on your hard drive between visits. These files enable the website to see that you are a returning visitor and customize your experience accordingly, for example by remembering that you are logged in to the site. This type of cookie is replaced with new data every time you visit a given website. The duration of such cookies can vary from days to several months. This expiration date is built into the file.
A more short-lived type of cookie is called a session cookie and only stores information during each visit. This can be language selection, colour selection or other settings. The information is deleted after the visit is over by, for example, closing the browser window.
Some cookies originate from the website itself, and others – so-called third-party cookies – may originate from an embedded video e.g. Youtube.
Cookies and security
Although you should always take security seriously when using your browser, cookies are completely harmless. The small files stay out of the way and allow you to benefit from better functionality on the websites you use daily.
Pretty neat, really.
Where are cookies stored?
Cookies are stored on your hard drive in a folder belonging to your browser. Exactly where they are stored will vary based on your operating system and browser. However, they are very small and therefore take up almost no space at all.
Cookies on Conta’s websites
In addition, cookies are used by advertising networks such as Google Ads. If you first visit Conta and then another website that displays ads from Google, there is a greater chance that you will see an ad from Conta. This connection disappears when the cookie is deleted or expires.
Can I turn off cookies?
Although it is possible to turn off cookies in your browser, you will lose the opportunity to use Conta since the service depends on cookies to function. You will probably find that the same thing happens with the vast majority of online services you use every day.
What does the law say about cookies?