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This website may use cookies, both its own and from third parties, to provide visitors with a better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests.

Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose to block certain types of cookies from this site.

Cookies play an important role in facilitating access to and delivery of the many services you enjoy on the Internet, such as:

  • Personalising certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or rates are expressed, keeping options for various products (measurements, other details etc) in the shopping cart (and remembering these options), saving certain preferences for future re-use.
  • Cookies give site owners valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so they can make them even more effective and accessible.
  • They allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be embedded on a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience.
  • Improve the effectiveness of online advertising.

What is a Cookie?

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. Chrome, Firefox) and is completely "passive" (contains no software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user's hard drive).

A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the lifetime of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver.

Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.

There are 2 broad categories of cookies:

  • Session cookies - these are stored temporarily in the web browser's cookie folder for the browser to remember until the user closes the browser window or logs out of the site.
  • 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 remember a user's preferences.

What are the benefits of cookies?

A cookie contains information that links a web-browser (the user) to a specific web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to offer convenient services to users: e.g. online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.

What is the lifetime 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 (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time via the browser settings.

What are third party cookies?

Certain sections of content on some websites may be provided through third parties/providers (e.g. a video, an advertisement, a chat application, etc). These third parties may also place cookies through the website and they are called "third party cookies" because they are not placed by the owner of the website in question. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.

How cookies are used by this site

Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support our efforts to provide convenient services to users through features such as 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.

A visit to this site may place the following types of cookies:

  • Essential cookies
  • Performance cookies
  • Social media and advertising cookies

Certain cookies, such as performance cookies or social media and advertising cookies, may come from third parties.

Essential cookies

These cookies allow you to save your preferences for other types of cookies used and to access the basic functionality of this site.

They retain the user's preferences on this site, so there is no need to set them each time you visit the site.

Registration cookies are generated when a user registers on this site, with the purpose of informing us later whether or not the user is registered. Our servers use these cookies to show us which account you are registered with and to provide you with an easier experience interacting with the site.

Other cookies that we place to enable you to make the best use of the site are shopping cart and favourites cookies (used to save information about products you have added to your shopping cart or as favourites), location cookies (used to determine your location by IP, in order to pre-fill certain fields required for registration or placing orders), session cookies generated when you access and automatically deleted when you close your browser (required for the HTTP protocol to work, filling in certain forms, interacting with certain elements of the site, etc.), cookies that recognize the type of terminal used - desktop or mobile, chat application cookies that allow real-time discussions with the customer service.

Performance cookies

They include both cookies from traffic analysis services, as well as cookies placed by certain third-party services that provide complementary functionalities to the site.

Traffic analysis cookies allow aggregate measurement of site traffic, identify traffic sources, provide information about the most or least visited pages, and how users interact with the site. The information listed is collected in aggregate and by default completely anonymously. These cookies may come from third parties such as Web Analytics services (e.g. Google Analytics).

Social media and advertising cookies

These may be placed through the site by the social media or advertising services we use.

This type of cookie may be used by these services to determine a specific visitor profile and to display relevant advertising messages to you on other sites you visit.

They may come from third parties such as advertising services (e.g. AdSense, AdWords), social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), etc.

Due to the way of use, this site cannot access these cookies from third parties, just as third parties cannot access cookies held by this site. For example, when you share an article using the social network button on this site, that social network will record your activity.

What kind of information is stored and accessed through cookies?

Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a website to recognise a browser. The web server will recognise the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. The cookie stores important information that enhances the web browsing experience (e.g. keeping a user logged into their user account; keeping products in their shopping cart; keeping products in their Favorites list).

Why are cookies important for the Internet?

Cookies are at the heart of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience tailored to each user's preferences and interests. Refusing or disabling cookies may hinder the use of a site.

Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising - only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests as evidenced by your browsing behaviour.

Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to log in via an account):

  • Content and services tailored to user preferences - news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
  • Offers tailored to user interests - password retention, language preferences (e.g. displaying search results in English).
  • Retention of child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
  • Limiting the frequency of ads - limiting the number of times an ad is displayed for a given user on a site.
  • Providing more relevant advertising to the user.
  • Measurement, optimisation and analytics features - such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is being viewed and how a user gets to a website (e.g. via search engines, directly, from other websites etc). Websites run these usage analytics to improve their websites for the benefit of users.

Security and privacy issues

Cookies use plain text formats. They are not made up of chunks of code so they cannot be executed nor can they auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate themselves again. Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because they store 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 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

As identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because cookies constantly transmit information back and forth between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorised person intervenes in the data transmission path, the information contained in the cookie 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. 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 and responsible browsing based on cookies

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited and largest sites use cookies, they are almost unavoidable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user access to the most popular and used sites including Youtube, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo and others. Here are a few tips that can ensure you don't have to worry 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 expiration 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 antispyware applications and update them constantly.

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 most popular sites on the Internet. 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.

How can I stop cookies?

You can set your browser to stop accepting cookies or you can set your browser to accept cookies only from a specific site.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to configure cookie storage preferences. These settings are usually found in the "options" or "preferences" menu of your browser. To understand these settings, you can use your browser's "help" option for more details.

Useful links

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