A cookie is a small text file (a few bytes), that is exchanged between a website and a visitor's browser. The website manager usually uses the cookie to record some settings needed to best view and navigate inside the website.
The cookies help the website to correctly work and to render the pages. Once the user account has been created, the cookies help you to go through the login and to manage your profile in every part of the website. (cookie identify the user sessions, and store timestamp). If you are a registered user, the website will grant you access to advanced services thanks to the cookies.
These cookies are used by Google Analytics and by our internal search engine in order to elaborate some statistics on the user navigation through the website. The cookie stores the number of pages viewed, and the clicks on each page of our website, in addition to some statistics about the user (e.g age, gender and interests). They are used to collect data about the way any single visitor (not only the registered user) uses the website, so they help to improve the navigation and visualization of the website.
Most of the web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) are setup to accept the cookies by default. However most of modern browsers allow to configure the way they store the cookies, or even allow to block cookies in their preferences settings. Let us remind you that blocking functional or navigation cookies can alter the way you navigate throughout the website, and may result in limiting or disruption the service offers by the present website.