Cookies are text files, containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded to your browsing device (such as a computer or smartphone) when you visit a website. Cookies can be recognized by the website that downloaded them — or other websites that use the same cookies. This helps websites know if the browsing device has visited them before. Cookies are used to recognize your device and to store your preferences. There are two types of cookies:
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. If you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. You can opt-out of accepting cookies by adjusting your browser settings to not accept cookies or to notify you when you are sent a cookie. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. You can also install third-party plugins to control cookie behavior. Note that web beacons and pixels are not stored on your computer in the same way as cookies. If you disable cookies, these technologies may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.