Cookies are a concept that many users fear as if they were viruses, spyware that enter your PC or programs that somehow damage our system filling it with advertising... Even if we go to the Wikipedia to see what they are, we may be still worried because of the uses that some malicious pages had tried to make.
As we usually are in OpenLibra, we want to be completely transparent regarding what we do and how we do it, for this reason we understand that it is necessary to explain what cookies are and why we use them...
What cookies are
Cookies are small files that the website or application you use installs in your browser or in your device (smart phone, tablet or smart TV) during your tour through the pages or application and they are used to store information about your visit.
- Remember the language you have selected so you can understand everything while you browse.
- Gather anonymous statistical information, such as how much time a user has spend in our site.
- Improve general usage experience by avoiding to show the same message more than once.
What type of cookies does OpenLibra store?
First and most important: all cookies are managed by OpenLibra; in no case we add third party cookies. This means that no one, except OpenLibra, has access to the stored data.
And, what are those data we have stored and to which we have access? Specifically, the cookies we use on our platform are:
Technical cookies are what allow us to identify the user session to know whether they are registered or not, filter the information they have already seen to not repeat messages, remember the language they have selected to browse and some other details that, in general, enhance OpenLibra usage experience.
In addition to the above, technical cookies also aim to guarantee user security. An example of this is that they help to prevent an intruder or attacker to impersonate you and delete any of your lists or delete your account permanently.
This type of cookies are completely anonymous and their sole objective is to elaborate internal statistics that help us to see what books are the most searched, visited, voted or downloaded. The why we store and compute these data is again to improve the user experience: thanks to the collected data we can show you interesting graphics when you visit a book's statistics tab.
Another information OpenLibra stores is your browser version. This allow us to optimise our content and therefore we can make them look the best possible way in any system that you might use: for example, if we start to see that most of the users use a particular smart phone (or maybe a video game console) to access OpenLibra, we will need to get a move on to try to improve the platform to make it look in the best possible way on those devices.
It is also important to clarify that OpenLibra does not use advertising cookies, nor of our own or third parties. While you browse through the web looking for books, you will never see a store advertising suggesting you to go there to buy something, book a five stars hotel or a flashy animated button telling you to download an amazing antivirus that will free you from all evil.
How to disable cookies in OpenLibra or any other site or service.
If you like to browse in complete privacy and anonymity, you can disable cookies reception through your browser's configuration options. Doing so is not particularly difficult and you only need to check the correct documentation:
- If you use Google Chrome, you have the instructions here.
- If you use Firefox, you have the instructions here.
- If you use Internet Explorer, you have the instructions here.
- If you use Safari, you have the instructions here.
- If you use Opera, you have the instructions here.
It is not necessary to have cookies enabled to browse or use OpenLibra. However, if you disable cookies you will have issues if you try to log in as a registered user because the system cannot verify that it is actually you who are trying to access.
Having said that, if you are a registered user and you want to use all the features OpenLibra offers you, we recommend you to keep cookies enabled.
This document was last updated on February 5, 2015.