What are cookies?
Cookies are not viruses. They are plain-text files that cannot be self-executed or self-replicated, so they cannot be harmful on their own.
A cookie includes only the name of the server the cookie was sent from, the lifetime of the cookie, and a random number value. The website uses this number to recognize a user when they return to a site or browse from page to page. The cookie alone cannot be used to identify the user.
Types of Cookies
A session cookie for a website only exists whilst the user is reading or navigating the website. When the user closes their web browser, these cookies are removed.
A persistent cookie will survive in the user’s browser’s memory for a certain period of time before deletion, depending on the expiration date set for them.
First Party Cookies
A first party cookie is set on the user’s browser’s memory by the website domain.
A third-party cookie is one that is placed on a user's hard disk by a Web site from a domain other than the one a user is visiting.
The cookies on our website are used for the following purposes:
- To enable basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website
- To track visitors across websites
- To throttle request rate
- To distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimize response times
- To register and report anonymously the actions taken on the website
- To keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen
- To keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites
- To estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos