What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, which will be stored on the user’s computer, mobile terminal or other equipment from which the Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed through the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).
What are Cookies used for?
These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and present the content in a relevant way, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies ensure a pleasant browsing experience for users. They are also used in the preparation of aggregate anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, excluding the 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 in the Cookie parameters or until they are manually deleted by the user.
How are cookies used by this website?
A visit to this website may place cookies for the purposes of:
Website performance cookies
Visitor analysis cookies
Cookies for geotargetting
Do cookies contain personal data?
Why are cookies important to the Internet?
Cookies are very important for the functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies may make some sites unusable.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentication of a user through an account):
Content and services tailored to user preferences – categories of products and services.
Offers tailored to user interests – password retention.
Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user arrives at a website (e.g. via search engines, directly, from other websites- uri etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use in order to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
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 auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated to other networks to run or replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular website and across multiple websites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly mark cookies for deletion during anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain site.
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 the “help” option of your web browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Safari
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer