Why are cookies used?
Cookies play an important role in adapting the webiste’s facilities to the needs of users, such as:
- Customize certain settings;
- Cookies provide site owners with information on how to use the site by visitors, which allows optimizing the content of the site over time;
- Allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site
to create a more useful and enjoyable browsing experience;
- Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a “cookie”?
A cookie is a small text file stored on a visitor’s computer. The cookie is set at the request of a web server in a web browser (ie Internet Explorer, Chrome). They are generally “passive” files and do not contain software, viruses or spyware.
A cookie is made up of two parts: the name and the price of the cookie. The lifetime of a cookie is limited. Only servers that can send cookies can access them when the user returns to the website associated with that server.
How cookies are used by this site
A visit to this site may place cookies for the purposes of:
- use of a site
- analysis of the site navigation of the visitors
- geotargetting (to monitor the origin of users by geographical coordinates)
- registration (to save the account access date)
- advertising (to limit the number of banner displays).
How can I stop cookies?
Browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “Preferences” -> “Options” menu.
Refusing or disabling cookies may make certain sections of the site impossible to use.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are not viruses, so they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate.
Cookies store information about users’ preferences and browsing history and can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus / anti-spyware deletion / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
By using cookies, information is constantly transmitted, in both directions, between the browser and the site. If an unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, the information contained in the cookie may be intercepted.
This can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network).