What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables features and functionality. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to our sites generally. Cookies also enable you to easily share content and help us serve relevant information to you.
When do we place cookies?
What types of cookies do we use?
We use two types: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to return to our site or interact with our services without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by us when you return to one of our sites that uses our services. Session cookies only last for as long as the session (usually the current visit to a website or a browser session).
What are cookies used for?
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that’s in line with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions with us faster and more secure.
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set or want them to be removed?
If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use our websites without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you’re happy to receive all cookies from us. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies. Please note that our sites will not work properly without cookies.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org, or www.aboutcookies.org.
Other helpful resources
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
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