WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
There are different types of cookies:
First Party Cookies: Set and collected by the website itself, and only used by the site when a user is visiting it.
Third Party Cookies: Set and collected by other entities besides the website, such as advertisers or services used by the website for things like web analytics or social media sharing.
Session Cookies: Only stored in a browser’s memory until it is closed down. Used for many essential site functions, such as quickly loading a page.
Persistent Cookies: Set up with a specific expiration date, so they will survive in your browser’s memory for a certain period of time before deletion. Used to keep you logged in, track web analytics, etc.
Flash cookies: Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video content to their users. Adobe utilize their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users. Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies; rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data, if any, may be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored. You can manage which websites can store information in Flash cookies on your device via the website storage settings panel on the Adobe website.
Web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs: These are all terms used to describe a particular form of technology implemented by many websites in order to help them to analyze how their site is being used and, in turn, to improve your experience of their site. They may also be used to target any advertising being served on the web page you are viewing. A web beacon (or similar) usually takes the form of a small, transparent image, which is embedded in a web page or an email. They are used in conjunction with cookies and send information such as your IP address, when you viewed the page or email, from what device and your location.
Secure or HTTP only Cookies: Secure cookies are only transmitted over “https” pages to keep data encrypted and secure. Only cookies prevent any client scripts on the page from accessing the cookie, preventing malicious cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks.
COOKIES ON THIS SITE
Two types of cookies are used on this website:
Session Cookies, temporary cookies that identify and track users within our website, which are deleted when you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies, cookies which enable our website to “remember” who you are and to remember your preferences within our website, which will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser.
We have first and third party cookies. First-party cookies are cookies that belong to AVS; third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our service. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for AVS, for example to help us understand how our service is being used. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by our business partners so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.
MANAGEMENT OF COOKIES
To allow, know, block or eliminate the cookies installed on your computer you can do so by configuring the browser options installed on your computer. You can find information on how to do it in the following links:
Google Chrome https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=
However if you disable cookies you may find this affects your ability to use certain parts of our website.
For more information about cookies and instructions on how to adjust your browser settings to accept, delete or reject cookies, see the allaboutcookies.org website.