What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small dimension file composed of numbers and letters, which will be stored on a user’s computer, a mobile terminal or another piece of equipment used to access the internet. A cookie is installed through a specific request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and it’s completely “passive” (meaning it does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and it cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).
Why are cookies important for the internet?
Cookies are key for the well-functioning of the internet, as they contribute to a friendly browsing experience and are adapted to the interest and preferences of each user. These types of files make possible the recognition of the user’s terminal and the display of the content in a relevant way, in accordance with the user’s preferences. Cookies are used to prepare aggregated anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages. Cookies ensure an enjoyable browsing experience and support Euro-Testing Software Solutions’ efforts in offering comfortable services to its users.
The refusal or deactivation of cookies can make some websites impossible to use.
The refusal or deactivation of cookies does now mean that you won’t receive online ads anymore – it only means that these ads won’t be tailored to your preferences and interests, highlighted through the browsing behavior.
What are cookies utilized for?
Cookies can be used for different purposes.
First and foremost, they are necessary for the well-functioning of the website as without cookies it can be difficult for the website to retain your previous activity (e.g. that you logged in) or what products you added to the shopping cart. These are called mandatory cookies.
Another purpose of cookies is to analyze how the website is used, to monitor the number of visitors and to find out how a website can be improved. We do not associate the usage statistics of the website and other reports with individual people. These are known as analytical cookies.
Thirdly, cookies are used for social networks in order to grant their integration with the website and offer you the possibility to appreciate or distribute a web page or product on your social network of choice.
• Make sure you can view the Euro-Testing Software Solutions website
• Use the Euro-Testing Software Solutions website in a proper way
• Help us improve all our websites
• Collect anonymous information about how visitors use our websites
• Collect information about the most visited pages
• Tell us how many error messages were displayed
How can you manage or deactivate cookies from the browser?
Please acknowledge that at the moment, Euro-Testing Software Solutions does not use a technical solution that could allow us to respond to the “Do not monitor” signals received from your browser. Aside from the use of the “Cookie settings” section on our website, you can manage anytime your cookie settings from your browser settings. Please note that the browser settings may not offer the same ease of use as the cookie settings our website. If you choose to deactivate all (our) cookies from the browser settings certain sections or functions of our website may not function properly because the browser can prevent us from setting up the necessary cookies for the well-functioning of the website. Thus, our recommendation is to manage the cookie settings section from our website and do not deactivate all cookies from the web browser.
Please find more information about managing or deactivating cookies for the mainly used browsers in the list below:
• Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
• Firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
• Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies
• Safari: http://help.apple.com/safari/mac/8.0/#/sfri11471