What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are created by websites you visit and stored on your computer.
They help websites remember important information about you. For example, if you’re on a website adding items to a shopping cart, and you leave the website, a cookie will store information about you, so that the next time you arrive at that site, your shopping cart will have the items you previously added to it
Usually a cookie can only be access by the website that created it.
Whats the fuss about Cookies?
Criticial Cookies are required for a site to function. They perform a task or operation without which a site’s performance would be compromised.
Functional Cookies help a site work well, they enable additional features which can make the user experience better.
Analytical cookies are used to determine usage of a site, they may track an individual users, but only to the extent to allow a users journey through the site. They are not used for targeting adverts (Marketing Cookies)
Social Cookies are a new class of cookie.
They are set by Social Media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, when you view or use embedded media.
An example would be a cookie set by YouTube to measure views of an embedded video.
These cookies can sometimes track your activities and so are closely related to advertising cookies.
However, disabling them may result in you not being able to view the embedded content.