Cookies are small text files generated by websites that you visit holding session data that may be of use later in the site. The data allows the site to maintain your information between pages, and also to analyze the way you interact with the site.
Cookies are secure – they can only store information that is put there by the browser, which is information the user has entered into the browser or that is included in the page request. They cannot run code and they cannot be used to access your computer. If a website encrypts the information in the cookie, only that website can read the information.
Cookies are used by websites to keep your session as you progress through the site, keeping track of your interactions and whether you've logged into your account. They are used to display relevant products and services.
All web browsers allow you to limit cookie behavior or turn off cookies within the settings or options of the browser. The steps to do this are different for each browser, you can find instructions under the Help menu of your browser.
Through your browser, you can also view the cookies that are on your computer, and delete individual ones, or delete them all.
Cookies are just text files so you can open them and read the contents. The data within them is often encrypted, or a numerical key corresponding to a web session so they often don't make sense to anything other than the website that wrote it.
Disabling cookies will affect the monitoring of your activity and purchases through the site, but will not stop the analytics code from recognizing your visit.
The session cookies that we write include data used by the web server hardware about which server is processing your session, your authentication status (against the Maria Tash customer database), and the details of your activity, including any purchases.
The persistent cookies that are created by the Maria Tash website are used by our technology partners. They are used to analyze traffic on the site to recognize returning users rather than new customers. The information that is stored is used to serve you appropriate ads on other sites on our behalf. Deleting these cookies won't affect your experience or the functionality of the Maria Tash website.