What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device.
Cookies have a lot of different functions that assist your experience, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
Is it just about cookies?
We also use Flash locally Stored Objects (or Flash cookies) that follow the same principle as normal standard cookies in the respect that they allow information to be stored on a user’s machine.
Transparent GIF or web beacons can be used to deliver a cookie to your browser. They can also be used in email marketing to identify to the sender if an email has been opened.
There are different categories of Cookies:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for like registration, cannot be provided. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Web analytics are included in this category.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages you customize. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activities on other websites.
Category 4: Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies
These cookies are used to deliver ads more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an ad as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be lined to site functionality provided by the other organization.
If you decide to ‘share’ www.directatpi.com content through social networks – like Facebook and Twitter, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We have no control over the setting of these cookies, so we advise that you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
What can you do to block/delete Cookies:
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary ones) you may not be able to access all, or parts of, our site and your experience will be limited.