- What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on a user's computer, mobile device or other equipment from which the internet is accessed. The cookie is installed by a request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (contains no software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user's hard drive).
- What are Cookies used for?
These files make it possible to recognise the user's terminal and present content in a relevant way, adapted to the user's preferences. Cookies ensure users a pleasant browsing experience and support our efforts to provide convenient services to users: e.g. online privacy preferences, shopping cart or relevant advertising. They are also used in the preparation of aggregated anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, excluding personal identification of the user.
- What cookies do we use?
We use two types of cookies: per session and fixed. The latter are temporary files that remain in the user's terminal until the session ends or the application (web browser) is closed. Fixed files remain on the user's terminal for a period of time in the Cookie settings or until they are manually deleted by the user.
- How are cookies used by this site?
A visit to this site may place cookies for the following purposes:
- Site performance cookies
- Visitor analytics cookies
- Geotargeting cookies
- Registration cookies
- Advertising cookies
- Advertising provider cookies
- Do cookies contain personal data?
- Deleting Cookies
- Security and privacy 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 themselves. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate themselves again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can however be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users' preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on many other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly flag cookies for deletion as part of anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.
Browsers generally have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security issues related to cookies:
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. 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 unauthorised access to certain websites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
Tips for safe browsing based on cookies.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you can browse without worrying about cookies:
- Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a level of cookie security that is comfortable for you.
- If you don't mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set long expiry times for storing browsing history and personal access data.
- If you share access to your computer, you may consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is one option to access sites that place cookies and delete any visit information when you close your browsing session.
- Install and constantly update anti-spyware applications.
Many spyware detection and prevention applications include detection of attacks on websites. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.
Make sure your browser is always up to date.
Many cookie-based attacks exploit weaknesses in older versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and biggest sites on the Internet - local or international. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can surf the internet with confidence.
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites unusable or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive/view online advertising.
It is possible to set your browser not to accept cookies or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.
All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the "options" or "preferences" menu of your browser.
To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use your browser's "help" option for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
For third-party cookie settings, you can also consult the website:
COOKIES are required text files, which are used by websites to streamline usage and improve the services offered. These files are found on your browser, on your device's hard drive depending on the sites you visit and make your interaction with them safer and faster as they can remember your preferences.
By using statistics cookies, we can analyse information about how you use our website and we will know what improvements we can make.
You can withdraw your consent for cookies at any time. To this end, you can block or remove cookies, either through your browser settings, web or by using software provided by third parties, or by following the specific instructions for cookie categories in the following sections. In any case, problems with the use of certain parts of the website may occur if you disable cookies.
COOKIES for Marketing, are used to store a user's visits and searches on the web and display relevant and engaging ads based on recent searches. This type of cookies are used by advertising agencies.
COOKIES Preferences, allow the site to remember information such as your preferred language or the area you are in.
Statistical COOKIES, help us understand how users interact with our site by collecting information anonymously.
Our website may include social communication features such as links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin or Youtube. These functions may store information and may activate a cookie file for proper functioning.
Our website may use links to other sites that we do not control, therefore we ask you to carefully read their personal data and privacy policies.
If you have any questions or concerns about the processing and storage of your data, or if you wish to amend or delete your data, please contact us at [email protected]
Please check this section periodically to be aware of any changes.
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA
To access, correct, delete and limit the processing of personal data (GDPR), please contact us at [email protected]
You can request your personal data so that it can be used or passed on to another processor (GDPR) by emailing [email protected]
If you consider that your personal data has not been protected according to the law, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority (GDPR).