Cookies are small files—usually consisting of letters and numbers—placed on your computer, tablet, phone, or similar device when you use that device to visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make their websites operate more efficiently and to provide analytic information. Cookies may be used to perform a range of functions:
- Some cookies are required for the operation of sites (e.g., to enable you to log into secure areas or use a shopping cart). Disabling these cookies will affect the site's performance and may make some features and services unavailable.
- Cookies allow site operators to analyze activities on the site to improve and optimize the way the site works.
- Cookies are used to recognize you when you return to a site. These cookies allow site operators to personalize content (e.g., greet you by name, remember your preferences).
- Cookies can record what you visit on a site and how you interact with advertising on a site.