A cookie is a small text file that your device saves that can contain information such as your login status, the body of your cover letter, reference page references, and more. Your browser sends them back to the website so it can read the information from them. Websites use this method so information can be remembered when browsing the pages of a website, even if you come back months later.
They may also contain a unique identifier such as that used by Google Analytics, for example. It tracks your path through our website to create reports to analyze our web traffic. We also display third-party advertising such as Google Adsense and others who also set cookies with a unique identifier to personalize the ads shown to you. Google has their policy for how they use this data which can be viewed here. For a more in-depth explanation here is a Wikipedia article about cookies.
What kinds of cookies are there?
There are first-party cookies that are set by our site. There are third-party cookies that are set by sites that are external to ours, like Google.
There are also cookies with short-term and long-term timeframes; they are called session cookies and persistent cookies. When you close your browser, it deletes the session cookies. They are used to store information on a short-term basis to remember things such as if you are logged in. They are also used to hold the letters you are sending while you create them.
Persistent cookies generally contain information for the long-term. They normally have expiration dates, which could be set to years in the future. Third-party analysis and advertising providers use this type to keep track of you on the internet to deliver relevant ads to you based on your history and preferences. They also make sure you aren't shown the same ad too many times. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you delete them or they expire.
A list of cookies Resume4Free uses:
First-Party - Persistent+Session
coverletterbody - Cover Letter Creator (Session)
references - Reference Page Creator (Session)
interviewletterbody - Interview Thank-you Letter Creator (Session)
resignationletterbody - Resignation Letter Creator (Session)
resume - Login for Resume Directory (Session)
cookieconsent_status - cookie banner (Persistent)
Spell Check - Spelling Checker preferences (Persistent)
Third-Party - Persistent+Session
Google AdSense - advertising
Google Analytics - traffic analysis
ReCaptcha - security
How to manage cookies
You can turn on, turn off, delete and clear your cookies whenever you wish within your browser. Visit the developers help page for your specific browser. If your browser is not listed here please consult your browser's help section.
- Google's Ads Preference Manager
- AdSense Partner Network
- Google Analytics Opt-out
- Conversantmedia Opt-out
- Network Advertising Initiative
- Digital Advertising Alliance
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