What is a cookie?
It is a small text file that is stored by the computer when a user visits a website. Text stores some information that then the site will read later when the visitor were to return on the same website. Some of these cookies are necessary for the proper operation of the site, while others are used to enable using Google Analytics to get anonymous statistical data about our visitors.
The obligation to notify users of Internet sites has been imposed by the EU Cookie Law (European law on cookies). That’s why – if you noticed – on many sites including Google now appears a ‘notice when you load the site for the first time.
The issue is still hotly debated. If you want to read an in-depth you can click on the following link: http://www.joomla.it/articoli-community-16-e-17-tab/5598-eu-cookie-law-cose-e-cosa-comporta.html
How can I disable cookies?
You can change your browser to turn off cookies through a very simple procedure.
- Open Firefox
- Press the “Alt” key
- In the toolbar at the top of the browser, select “Tools” and then “Options”
- Then select the “Privacy” tab
- Go to “Settings History,” and then “Use custom settings”. Uncheck “Accept cookies from sites” and save your preferences.
- Open Internet Explorer
- Click on “Tools” and then “Internet Options”
- Select the “Privacy” tab and move the slider to the privacy level you want to set (up to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow it all)
- Then click OK
- Open Google Chrome
- Click on the “Tools”
- Select “Settings” and then “Advanced Settings”
- Select “Content settings” under “Privacy”
- In the “Cookies” you can clear the cookies, and save preferences
- Open Safari
- Choose “Preferences” in the toolbar, then select the panel “Security” in the dialog box that follows
- In the “Accept Cookies” you can specify if and when Safari should save the cookies from websites. For more information click on the Help button (labeled with a question mark)
- For more information about cookies that are stored on your computer, click “Show Cookies”