A. What cookies are and how they are used
Cookies are text strings sent by a web server (for example the website) to the user's Internet browser, the latter automatically stored on the user's computer and automatically sent back to the server every time it is accessed or subsequently accessed.
By default, almost all web browsers are set to automatically accept cookies.
This website uses the following cookie categories, also in combination with one another:
- of "session" that are stored on the user's computer for mere technical-functional needs, for the transmission of session identifiers necessary to allow the safe and efficient exploration of the site; they are canceled at the end of the "session" (hence the name) by closing the browser. This type of cookie avoids the use of other IT techniques that are potentially prejudicial to the privacy of users' browsing;
- "persistent" that remain stored on the computer's hard disk until their expiry or cancellation by users / visitors. Through persistent cookies, visitors who access the site (or any other users using the same computer) are automatically recognized at each visit. Persistent cookies satisfy many functionalities in the interest of web surfers (such as the use of the navigation language or the registration of the shopping cart in online purchases. Visitors can set the computer browser so that it accepts / refuse all cookies or display a warning every time a cookie is proposed, in order to be able to evaluate whether to accept it or not, the user is enabled, however, to modify the default configuration (by default) and disable cookies (ie block them definitively), setting the highest level of protection.
These two types of cookies (session and persistent) can in turn be:
- of "first part" when they are managed directly by the owner and / or manager of the website;
- of "third party" when cookies are set up and managed by managers outside the website visited by the user.
B. How cookies work and how they are eliminated
The operating modes as well as the options to limit or block cookies can be made by changing the settings of your Internet browser.
Block third-party cookies
Third-party cookies are generally not essential for browsing, so you can reject them by default, through special functions on your browser.
Activate the "Do Not Track" option
The Do Not Track option is present in most last-generation browsers. Websites designed to comply with this option, when activated, should automatically stop collecting some of your browsing data. As mentioned, however, not all websites are set up to comply with this option (discretionary).
Activate the "anonymous surfing" mode
With this function you can navigate without leaving a trace in the browser of the navigation data. The sites will not remember you, the pages you visit will not be stored in the history and the new cookies will be deleted. The anonymous browsing function does not guarantee, however, anonymity on the Internet, because it serves only to not maintain browsing data in the browser, while instead your browsing data will continue to remain available to website managers and connectivity providers.
Delete cookies directly
There are special functions to do this in all browsers. Remember, however, that every time you connect to the Internet, new cookies are downloaded, so the deletion should be performed periodically. If desired, some browsers offer automated systems for periodic cookie deletion.
To delete cookies from the Internet browser of your smartphone / tablet, it is necessary to refer to the user manual of the device.