Cookies are data packages that are saved on your hard disk by websites in order to store information about your navigation status.
They are made up of small-sized files completely composed of numbers and characters. Each time a web user goes back to the same website, it will load the cookies stored on the user’s device. This can be considered as a core user identification method and generally speeds up your web browsing experience.

In Windows 10 and Mozilla Firefox the cookies are stored in the following location:

C:\Documents and settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[user].default\cookies.sqlite

Here is an example of what a cookie can look like: 9728 2076339328 30210107 446809680 30173295 *

What are the different types of cookies stored on my device?

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    Session cookies

    Session cookies

    These cookies are commonly used by online shops and allow, for example, the website to remember what items you added to your shopping card. Consequently, if you open the same website in a new tab or window, your items will still be stored in your shopping card.
    These cookies will expire as soon as the web browser is closed.
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    Permanent cookies

    These cookies are primarily used by websites that feature a registration / log-in for its users. These cookies allow the website to remember you, so it will not require your password each time you open it in a new window, or open it again after a few days or some weeks. The law regarding permanent cookies stipulates that they have to be deleted after a period of 6 months.
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    Third-party cookies

    These cookies are installed by third-parties with the aim of collecting information. This information is used to carry out research into behavior, or demographics for instance. A good example of third-party cookies are the ones used by the Google Analytics platform

Can cookies be blocked?

Yes, cookies can be blocked, and below we will explain how to do it. However, keep in mind that almost all websites on the internet are using cookies, and that by blocking them you will limit your internet navigation possibilities.

  • Erase cookies
    You can manually delete your cookies from the directory they are saved in, or use a program like CCleaner to delete all stored cookies for you (keep in mind that these type of programs are also capable of deleting other files).
  • Block cookies
    According to the Cookies Law all websites that use non-functional cookies must ask for your permission before storing them on your device. You either need to block cookies manually for the websites that asks you to accept them, or configure your browser to block any cookies attempting to reach your device.
  • Browser alert
    You can configure your browser to alert you on all cookies that are sent to your device

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