What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file that is stored on your computer when you visit a website. Most websites use them and they are generally harmless. When you revisit the website later or visit a different webpage a copy of the cookie file is sent to the website.
When are cookies created?
Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded — for example, after a ‘submit’ button is pressed, the data handling page would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If the user has elected to disable cookies then the right operation will fail, and subsequent sites which rely on the cookie will either have to take a default action, or prompt the user to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.
Why are cookies used?
Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with massive amounts of data storage. Storing the data on the server without using cookies would also be problematic because it would be difficult to retrieve a particular user’s information without requiring a login on each visit to the website.
If there is a large amount of information to store, then a cookie can simply be used as a means to identify a given user so that further related information can be looked up on a server-side database. For example the first time a user visits a site they may choose a username which is stored in the cookie, and then provide data such as password, name, address, preferred font size, page layout, etc. – this information would all be stored on the database using the username as a key. Subsequently when the site is revisited the server will read the cookie to find the username, and then retrieve all the user’s information from the database without it having to be re-entered. Some of the cookies we use include but are not limited to:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Site. Without these cookies, our website won’t work properly.
- Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how you use our Site, for instance, which pages you go to most often and if you get error messages from those pages. We only use these cookies to improve how our Site works.
- Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow us to remember the choices you make (such as your user name) 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 our web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as watching a video or commenting.
- Advertising or Tracking Cookies
The cookies show us where you saw the ad; help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns; and limit the number of times you see an ad.
There is an unlisted cookie here?
As our website uses a content management system and added third-party plugins it can sometimes be difficult for us to notice every single cookie being used, especially after software updates. If you do notice a cookie that slips past us or have a question about cookies then please contact us via the following ways: email firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Envano, 2985 South Ridge Rd., Suite A, Green Bay, WI 54304 or call (920) 403-1137.
How can I disable or block cookies?
You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. We recommend visiting your chosen browser’s help section to find out how:
Some cookies are used and provided by third-party sources. Please visit these sources individually to opt out if you wish.