As annoying as cookies use notifications may be, they are obligatory so, please, excuse them. Also, cookies are used and placed to help us. Read on to figure out what they are and why we need them.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files of data that are placed on your device when you visit any website. They perform a variety of functions in relation to your use of said website. Simple as that.
Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
Website servers set cookies to help authenticate the user if the user logs in to a secure area of the website. Login information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over.
Session Cookies are also used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server's pages. By default, web pages really don't have any 'memory'. Cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn't have to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site.
Persistent or tracking Cookies are also employed to store user preferences. Many websites allow the user to customize how information is presented through site layouts or themes. These changes make the site easier to navigate and/or lets user leave a part of the user's “personality” at the site.
Generally, we need cookies to retain your preference when using www.rotariclub.com and store information, such as anonymised tracking data that we could then provide to third party applications like Google Analytics. See? Not scary at all.
Delete or block cookies
If you want to delete or block any website’s (including www.rotariclub.com’s) cookies, you can do so in your browser's settings. Please note though that without your cookies our functionality will be made harder. This may make some of the features of the website not work or work but not properly.
Should you decide not to delete or block cookies, it is deemed that you accept the herein cookies policy and the relevant cookies being set on your device.
You need more information on cookies? Check out AboutCookies.org