Cookies are small text files sent from a web server (web site) to a web client (the Internet browser of the visitor) and the latter stored on your personal computer and automatically sent to the server at each subsequent site access : that is, they help the website to recognize the device if the site is visited again. Cookies have many functions including helping to remember username and visitor preferences, analyze the performance of the website or allow to recommend content.
Technical or temporary session cookies are deleted automatically after the browsing session, ensure the normal use of the site and facilitate access to services that require authentication avoiding users having to re-enter credentials for each access: among these cookies, there are also analytics cookies for statistical purposes to know, for example, what are the most visited areas of the site.
Profiling or permanent cookies, instead, remain active on the personal computer even after the browser is closed, until their expiry date or their erasure and are designed to store user preferences in the context of web browsing.
Cookies also stand out from those of its site, used for example to know the number of pages viewed within the site and those of third parties, or generated from other sites to deliver content on the site you are visiting.
How to manage cookies in the browser
Most browsers are set by default to accept cookies automatically. The user can change these settings at any time to accept or reject cookies or to be notified when one of them is sent to the device. Each browser is different, so you should check the guidance of the same procedures to change your cookie preferences. You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer: check again the guidance of your browser. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact on the usability of many websites. If you block all cookies, you cannot use the full capabilities of this site.