Whenever you surf the Internet, you are using a browser. Well-known browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Most websites save small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you visit our site again, your browser sends the “user-related” information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you your usual standard settings. In some browsers, each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly from our side, third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie must be evaluated individually, as each cookie stores different data. The expiry time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other “pests”. Cookies cannot access information on your PC either.
For example, cookie data can look like this:
- * Name: _ga
- * Expiry time: 2 years
- * Use: Differentiation of website visitors
- * Exemplary value: GA1.2.1326744211.152311238649
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
- * A cookie should be able to contain at least 4096 bytes
- * At least 50 cookies should be able to be stored per domain
- * A total of at least 3000 cookies should be able to be stored