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This website uses its own and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests.
In what we call “web 2.0”, “cookies” play an important role in facilitating access to and delivery of multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
- Customize certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, keep options for various products (other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and store these options) – thus generating the flexibility of the “shopping cart” (accessing old preferences by accessing the “forward” and “backward” button).
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible to users.
- Allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable browsing experience;
- Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
WHAT IS A “COOKIE”?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from which the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed by a web server’s request to a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on your hard drive user).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of the existence of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that web server.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
THERE ARE 2 LARGE CATEGORIES OF COOKIES:
- Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser so that it can be stored until the user leaves the respective web site or closes the browser window (eg when logging in / out on a webmail account or on social networks).
- Persistent Cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depend on the default lifetime of the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously. to memorize a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising for the user is delivered.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COOKIES?
A cookie contains information that links a web browser (user) to a specific web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the already stored information and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide convenient services to users: online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
WHAT IS THE LIFE OF A COOKIE?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (‘cookies- permanent hatred ‘). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time via browser settings.
WHAT ARE THIRD PARTY COOKIES?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties / providers (news box, video or advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of that website. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.
SECURITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or run. As a result, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies may be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this and constantly mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus / anti-spyware deletion / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
OTHER SECURITY ISSUES RELATED TO COOKIES:
As identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or an unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, the information contained in the cookie may be intercepted.
Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve incorrect cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important that you choose the most appropriate method of protecting your personal information.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies.
Here are some tips that can help you navigate without worries but with the help of cookies:
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
- If cookies do not bother you and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
- If you share access to your computer, you may want to consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser . This is an option to access sites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update your anti-spyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software.
Make sure your browser is always up to date.
Many cookie-based attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and largest sites on the Internet – local or international. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can surf the Internet with confidence.