1. What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file that contains only letters and numbers and can be stored on a user’s computer, cell phone, or other device that provides Internet access. A cookie is a packet of information that a particular web server sends to a browser, which in turn sends it back to the server each time a request is made to the server. Cookies are “passive”, meaning that they do not contain executable files, viruses or spyware, or access data on the user’s hard drive.
2. What can cookies be used for?
These files allow you to identify the user’s device used to access the Internet and thus display relevant content tailored to the user’s needs. Cookies provide the user with easier browsing and help the Weibel family to provide the most convenient services for the user. These include online data security needs or relevant advertisements. However, they can also be used to compile certain – anonymous – statistics that provide valuable information to the Weibel family about users’ page usage habits. Using the obtained statistical results, we can adapt the structure and content of the page to the needs, all while maintaining the anonymity of the users.
3. What cookies do we use?
The Weibel family uses two types of cookies: intermittent and permanent. The former are temporary files that remain on the user’s device until the end of the logged-in period or when the application (browser) is closed. Persistent cookies are present on the user’s device for the time specified in their parameter (or until they are manually broken).
During a visit, the website may place cookies on the user’s device used to access the Internet for the following purposes:
– Website performance measurement
– Browsing analysis
– Measuring subscription habits
– Recommend suitable products
– Show relevant advertising services
5. Do cookies contain personal information?
6. Delete cookies
7. Why are cookies important on the Internet?
• Display content, services and products tailored to the user’s needs.
• Offers tailored to the user’s interests.
• Remember passwords.
• Note child protection filters for Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
• Limiting the frequency of advertising; that is, a numerical restriction on the display of an advertisement on a particular website for a user.
• Show relevant ads to the user.
• Measurement and optimization of analytical characteristics. Measure the traffic to a website, examine the downloaded content, and determine where the user came to the website (e.g., through a search engine, directly, from another website, etc.). Websites perform these traffic analyzes to make the page as good as possible for users.
8. Security and data security factors
Cookies are NOT viruses! Cookies use a plain text format and do not consist of code snippets, so they cannot run automatically. Consequently, they cannot be copied and mapped to other networks for rerun. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered programs (including viruses).
However, cookies can also be used for negative purposes.
Because they store information about a user’s needs and navigation history, they can even be used as spyware on a particular website. Accordingly, many antivirus programs constantly delete cookies during various computer scan processes (full system scan, real-time protection, etc.). Typically, browsers have data security settings that allow you to accept cookies placed at the level of specific pages, with an expiration date and automatic deletion.
Other security aspects related to cookies.
Tips for safe and responsible navigation based on cookies.
Customize your browser settings for cookies so that they are safe to use, even for convenient Internet access. If you only use your computer, you can set a longer expiration time for recording your browsing history and storing personal information. If you share your computer with others, you may want to delete the data that your browser remembers after each use (there is an automated solution that automatically deletes it when you close the program). This allows you to visit sites that place cookies on your computer in a secure manner.
Update your anti-spyware database regularly. In many cases, antispyware software monitors your browsing in real time and alerts you if a user wants to load an insecure page (with a specific setting, they can even block them from loading automatically). Thanks to this service, the user can not, or only intentionally, get to a page where he is exposed to a potential threat (cyber attack). That’s why it’s important to keep your browser and antivirus software up to date.
A significant proportion of attacks occur through browser vulnerabilities.
Blocking or rejecting cookies is only used by certain websites that are difficult to access and use. It is important to know, however, that disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / see online advertisements on certain websites.
A setting that allows you to reject a specific cookie permanently is available in widely used browsers. In addition, you can even set your computer to accept cookies from a specific website. By disabling cookies, you may not be able to leave a comment on a particular website.
Today, all widely used browsers offer the ability to customize cookie handling. These settings are usually found in the “Options” or “Settings” menu in your browser.
For help with settings for each browser type, click the links below:
9. More useful links
You can learn more about cookies and their use on the following pages:
The following page details information about online privacy and behavioral forms of advertising:
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