What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that your device saves that can contain information. Your browser sends them back to the website so it can read the information from them. This process is how browsers remember information when you browse the pages of a website, even if you come back months later. They may also contain a unique identifier such as that used by Google Analytics, for example, to track your path through our website for creating reports to analyze our web traffic. We also display third-party advertising such as Google Adsense, Conversantmedia, and others who also set cookies with a unique identifier to personalize the ads shown to you. Google has its own policy for how they use this data, which can be viewed here. View Conversantmedia's policy here. For a more in-depth explanation here is a Wikipedia article about cookies.
What kinds of cookies are there?
There are first-party cookies that are set by our website. And third-party cookies that are set by sites that are external to ours, like Google, YouTube, Conversantmedia, etc.
The cookies have short-term and long-term timeframes. They are called session cookies and persistent cookies, respectively. Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser. They are used to store information on a short-term basis.
Persistent cookies generally contain information for the long-term. They normally have expiration dates, which could be years in the future. Third-party analysis and advertising providers use this type to keep track of you on the internet to deliver relevant ads to you based on your history and preferences. They also make sure advertisers don't show you the same ad too many times. These cookies remain on your computer until they are deleted or until they expire.
Cookies are used to remember information. We share information about your use of our site with our advertising and analytics partners. They may combine it with other information you've provided to them, or they've collected from your use of their services. These are third-party cookies, and they are set by websites other than our own. There are links listed below to opt-out of many advertising and analytics programs. However, you should be aware that the quality of your experience on websites that use these services could be diminished. Read this to find out how Google uses this data.
First-Party - Persistent
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- Google Adsense - advertising
- Google Analytics - traffic analysis
- Conversantmedia - advertising
How to manage cookies
You can turn on, turn off, delete and clear your cookies whenever you wish within your browser. Visit the developers help page for your specific browser. If your browser is not listed here please consult your browser's help section.