The term “cookie” refers to small text files, displayed on the user’s hard disk and offers the possibility of recording information about users, including identification of websites used by the end device and the browser. The site does not store personal data that may lead to identification of users in real life, user data is intended only to identify the end device or browser used.
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats type. There are composed of pieces of code so that they can not be executed, neither can they auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks in order to replicate or to run again. Because they can not fulfill these functions can not be considered viruses
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Since they store preferences and information about users’ 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 mark the cookies to be deleted during the removal proceedings / scanning anti-virus / anti-spyware.
In general, browser integrate privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity and automatic erase, after the user has visited a particular site
Because identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it is better one should know what type of problems a cookie may create.
Because through them information are constantly transmited in both directions, between browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network). Other cookies based attacks involve wrong setting of cookies 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 insecure channels.
Attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important that all users be careful in choosing the most suitable method of protecting personal information.
There are two types of such information used by the Website: Temporary cookies (which are deleted automatically from the end device used when the user closes their browser) and permanent ones (which may be removed by the user via browser’s instructions). The site does not store information such as names, email addresses or other confidential information that can identify the user for a direct contact.
On the Website is intercepted the information that is stored in the user end device and the Website processes it for many purposes:
- Ensuring quality access and a normal user experience through access to specific elements of compatibility with certain devices;
- Checking this script, software applications and final device settings of the user. All these are useful and necessary for a normal access and for the use of services offered by Website;
- Preventing the use of multiple profiles by the same user and actions that are not well-intentioned;
Ensuring the necessary settings to automatically display or hide items, following a special request of the user;
- Promoting and researching user preferences.
Prohibition and / or delete by the user of the Website’ cookies is possible, but can result in heavy use or misuse of the Website.