What are cookies?
Cookies are extremely small files, composed of a string of letters and numbers, saved on your computer by the servers of the web pages you visit. These files allow site owners to distinguish you from other users of the same site and provide you with a personalized experience. They also allow site owners to show you personalized ads based on your behavior on the site after you leave the site. Cookies cannot be run on your computer, used to deliver viruses, or allow access to your hard drive, even if cookies are stored there.
The purposes of cookies
The purposes of cookies are varied, some examples being:
Provision of essential web functionalities: These allow you to browse websites and use their functionalities such as accessing restricted areas or saving products in the shopping cart.
Performance improvement: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for example, which pages are most visited or the number of errors a visitor receives. These cookies help improve the functionality of future versions of the site.
Providing personalization: These cookies allow the site to remember information such as the choices you make or the region you use it from, to deliver an experience tailored to your profile.
Cookies used by cmevo.com
Cmevo.com uses its own cookies for the proper display of website content. Some of the cookies used belong to external providers listed below:
Google Analytics cookies. They are created by the company Google with the aim of improving the understanding of the owner of a website, and of the behavior of visitors on his website. This understanding leads to the creation of an improved user experience. As a rule, information is stored regarding the duration of the visit, the geographical area of the user, the pages visited, the entry/exit pages, etc.;
Blocking the functionality of cookies
It is possible to set the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted, or you can set the browser to accept cookies only from certain sites. All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “Options” menu or the “Preferences” menu. To understand these settings, use the “Help” option of your browser.
Note: Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive or see online advertising.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed, nor can they self-run, duplicate or replicate to other networks to run or replicate again.
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.
Cookies are not dangerous, but because the information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during data transmission, 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 (ex: an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve missetting cookies on servers, which can be exploited by attackers.
It is important to know that disabling cookies will not allow users access to the most widespread and used sites including Gmail, Yahoo, Youtube, and others. There are some basic safety measures you can take to browse safely with the help of cookies.
- customize your browser cookie settings to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you. You can set long expiration periods for storing browsing history and personal access data.
If you share your computer with other people, you can set your browser to delete individual browsing data every time you close your browser.
- install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
- make sure your browser is always up to date.
Many of the cookie-based attacks are carried out by exploiting the weak points of old versions of browsers.