Cookies are small text files that websites store on your computer, mobile device or tablet, for varying periods. They improve your browser experience, provide statistical analysis and advanced functions, simplify logging in and personalisation, and are sometimes used for targeted advertising. Unless you are logging in (for example, to comment on a blog post) the cookies here are never used to identify you personally.
Session cookies last only while you have your web browser open. Closing your web browser, erases the session cookies. This type of cookie helps the site to function correctly, for example, to expand and collapse menus, make the Mobsta font appear properly on your screen, or save your work as your progress through a form.
Persistent cookies are also stored in your computer, and they will persist even after you close your browser. How long they persist depends on how they were first set up – the period can vary from minutes to years. Persistent cookies are used to store the preferences of your current visit, to be used for future visits (such as remembering your location or language preferences, your areas of interest, or other settings to customise your experience). They also help with statistics, analysis and advertising.
Please note that opting out of retargeted advertising cookies will not stop sites from showing your advertisements – you will still see ads, but they will not be specifically targeted to you.