What cookies are
Cookies are small data files that are saved to users’ computers while they are surfing the internet and perform various functions such as store login data, collect statistics on the pages visited, identify the browsers and devices used, select targeted content and communications on the basis of their preferences, and some other functions.
Cookies are divided into several types, according to the data they store and the time for which they remain on the user’s device.
Session or temporary cookies expire and are removed when the browser is closed while persistent cookies remain on the device for longer (from a few minutes to several months) according to the functions they perform. These are the functions that distinguish cookies into two categories technical and non-technical (or profiling).
Technical cookies manage the data necessary to display pages and make surfing easier. For example, they eliminate the need for users to enter their username and password to use particular services, they remember the last page visited or the point at which the viewing of a video was interrupted, they recognize the type of device in use and adapt the size of images accordingly. Technical cookies also provide aggregate statistics on the most frequently visited pages and users’ preferences, but only in anonymous form and they are not used to analyse the behaviour or preferences of single users.
Users can consent to receiving cookies also by making specific browser settings. Most browsers allow users to set rules to receive cookies only sent from some sites or from all sites, an option that gives them greater control of their privacy, and not to accept cookies or, in any case, to change the settings made previously. The instructions for handling cookies using the settings of the main browsers are given below:
Mozilla Firefox (support)
- Start Firefox
- Press the Alt key on the keyboard.
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar at the top of the browser window and then “Options”.
- Then select the "Privacy" sheet.
- Go to "History settings:" and then "Use custom settings". Deselect "Accept cookies from sites" and save the preferences.
Microsoft Internet Explorer (support)
- Start Internet Explorer.
- Click on the "Tools" button and then on "Internet options".
- Select the "Privacy" sheet and move the scrolling device to the privacy level you wish to set (upwards to block all cookies or downwards to accept them).
- click on OK.
Google Chrome (support)
- Start Google Chrome.
- Click on the "Tools" icon.
- Select "Settings" and then "Show advanced settings ".
- Select "Content settings" under the "Privacy" option.
- On the "Cookies and site data" sheet, search for and remove specific cookies as desired.
- Type chrome://settings/cookies on the address bar and press Enter.
- The “Cookies and site data” sheet will be appear on the display. Search for and remove specific cookies as desired.
Safari (support apple)
- Start Safari
- Choose "Preferences" on the toolbar and then select the "Security" panel in the dialog box that appears.
- In the "Accept cookies" section you can specific if and when Safari is to accept cookies from web sites. For more information, click on the Help key (marked with a question mark).
- For more information about the cookies that are saved to your computer, click on "Show cookies".
Below is a brief description of the purpose of the cookie used directly by indoona (first-party cookie) while users navigate on its web site:indoona.com domain
- PHPSESSID: technical cookie used to temporarily save the (anonymous) data necessary to use indoona