This Website uses its own cookies and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of everyone.
1. What are cookies?
A “cookie” is a small file, usually encrypted, located in the web browser folders you use. “Cookies” are created by online content producers for Website Users to help them navigate the Internet in a more efficient way and to provide access to certain functions
These files are not viruses. As these files do not contain codes, they cannot be executed, nor can they access other files or folders on your computer. As they store information about a user’s Internet browsing, both specific addresses and browsing across Websites, cookies can be used as a form of spyware. Anti-spyware programs, aware of this possible problem, remove certain cookies from routine checks.
- Personalise certain settings such as the language in which a Website is displayed, the currency in which certain prices or rates are expressed, the keeping of options for various products / services
- Provides valuable feedback on how Users use the Website so we can make it more effective and more accessible to Users
- Allow multimedia or other applications on other Websites to be included in a particular Website to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable browsing experience
- Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
Sometimes cookies can be used to keep track of your visits to third-party Websites.
3. What kind of cookies do we use?
In terms of storage time, we use:
- Fixed cookies; they remain on the user’s device for a specified period of time specified in the cookie (usually 10 days). These are used every time the user visits the address that created that file.
- Session cookies; these files are temporary. They allow Website operators to link the actions a user takes during an internet browsing session.
Moreover, in terms of functionality, we use four different types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies; these are essential to be able to browse the Website and use its applications. In their absence, Users could not use basic services such as creating an account or using a shopping cart. These files do not collect user information that could be used for marketing purposes or for tracking the user on the Internet.
- Performance cookies; they collect anonymous statistical data on how to use the Website. They do not contain personal information and are used to improve the user experience when browsing the web page.
- Functionality cookies; through them, the operator allows Users to choose different options and features of the web page. For example, some functionality cookies are able to opt for storing the password, language preferences, region, the ability to provide personal information such as current location or weather or traffic data in the user’s location.
- Advertising and targeting cookies; used to improve the relevance of the ads that are delivered to you. They can also limit the number of displays of an ad considered irrelevant, or track the effectiveness of an ad campaign by maintaining statistics on the number of user accesses. Furthermore, an important function that some of these cookies have is providing security in online transactions. Typically, these cookies are used by third-party operators to link the web pages visited by the user but are not able to identify the user’s identity since there is no link between your online profile and the data processed.
4. How can you disable cookies?
For starters, you should know that once cookies are deleted, all preferences and settings related to the web page will be deleted. Moreover, some web pages will no longer work properly, or some features will disappear if cookies are removed.
For these reasons, we do not recommend rejecting cookies when you visit our Website. Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change this option depending on the browser you are using. To do this, you usually have to access the browser “Settings” or “Preferences” option. For more details, you can access one of the links below:
- Opera: https://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/
- Firefox: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/cookies-information-Websites-store-on-your-computer?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Cookies
- Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
- Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201265
5. Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed, they cannot auto-run, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again.
In general, browsers have built in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular Website.
Cookies are not dangerous, but because they transmit constant information in both ways between the browser and the Website, if an attacker or unauthorised person interferes with the data transmission path, cookie information can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (e.g., an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve incorrect cookie settings on servers that can be exploited by attackers.
It is important to know that disabling cookies will not allow Users to access the most popular and used Websites among which Gmail, Yahoo, Youtube, and others. There are some basic safety measures that you can adopt to browse safely with cookies.
- Customise your browser settings with regard to cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you. You can set long expiration dates for storing browsing history and personal access data.
If you share your computer with others, you can set your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser.
- Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
- Make sure your browser is always up-to-date. Many of the cookies attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers.