About cookies

1. The policy of using cookies

This refers to cookies in the netfan.co.uk website.

2. What the cookies are?

Cookies are small text files stored on terminal equipment of an Internet user. The cookie is tampered with by a Webserver request to a browser and does not contain any software, viruses or spyware, without access to information on the user’s hard drive. These files allow the recognition of the user’s equipment and the proper display of the website, tailored to the user’s individual preferences.

3. The role of the cookies

Cookies allow recognition of the user’s equipment and appropriate display of the web page, tailored to the user’s preferences. Cookies have the role of providing you with a pleasant and safe web browsing experience and of offering you complete services, depending on the online behavior shown on the netfan.co.uk website.

Specifically, based on cookies, netfan.co.uk has the ability to:
a. Adapt presentation and display of the site, according to your preferences, such as language, resolution, and so on;
b. Create anonymous statistics that do not involve personal identification, based on your behavior on the site and the interest shown for the products presented. These statistics allow us to improve the structure and content of the site so that we can provide you with the information you need;
c. Provide web security measures.

4. Types of cookies used on netfan.co.uk

The netfan.co.uk site uses two types of cookies: per session and fixed. Cookies per session are temporary files that are installed in your terminal during the visit to the mentioned website until the session or browser is closed. Fixed cookies remain in the terminal you use for a longer time depending on their parameters or until they are manually deleted by you.

5. How the cookies are used on the netfan.co.uk website

Your visit to netfan.co.uk can install cookies to help us analyze:
a. Site performance;
b. Your registration (log in, newsletter, etc.);
c. Your user profile;
d. Your location for geographic targeting purposes;
e. To be able to deliver you personalized ad content.

6. Do cookies record or contain personal data?

Cookies do not require personal information and do not personally identify Internet users. Personal data collected by using cookies can only be used to facilitate certain features for you. These data are encrypted so that unauthorized people do not have access to them.

7. Deleting cookies

Apps used to access web pages save cookies on the Internet user’s terminal by default. However, the settings can be changed by you so that the automatic installation of cookies is blocked by the browser you are using. Detailed information on how cookies are managed is available in the browser’s settings field. However, you should know that limiting the use of cookies may affect some functionality of the way the netfan.co.uk website pages are displayed.

8. Why the cookies are important for the Internet?

Cookies are important to the efficient operation of the Internet in the user’s interest, as it helps create a simple and personalized web browsing experience, according to the interests, preferences and behavior of each user.
Blocking or disabling cookies can make some sites unusable or can significantly limit your web experience. Blocking or disabling cookies does not mean that you will not receive any advertising messages, but that your web pages will no longer provide you with an experience tailored to your type of behavior and preferences.
Cookies are important for:
a. Content and services tailored to your preferences – product and service categories;
b. Offers tailored to your interests – retaining passwords, – if you opt for this functionality;
c. Retaining child protection filters for web content (family mode options, safe search functions, etc.);
d. Limit the delivery frequency of ad messages – limit the number of impressions of an ad for a particular user on a site;
e. Providing relevant user-driven advertising;
f. Measuring, optimizing and recording site performance data – traffic and content statistics. This information is important for improving the user’s web experience.

9. Web security and privacy issues

Cookies are not viruses and do not collect personal data.
However, cookies can be used to the detriment of the user by Spyware programs. Because it stores information about user preferences and browsing history, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Anti-spyware applications are meant to mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus / anti-spyware scanning procedures.
Browsers have built in privacy settings that offer different levels of cookie acceptance, such as shelf-life and automatic deletion at the end of a web session.

10. Other security issues related to cookies

Because all Internet users have the right to protect their online identity, it is advisable to be aware of the potential security risks. Since these files constantly exchange information between the browser and the site you visit, information sent through cookies can be intercepted by unauthorized people or programs. For example, this is possible if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted / unsecured network, as is the case for certain Wi-Fi networks.
Other cookies-based attacks may be possible due to incorrect settings of these files on the servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to gain access to the information transmitted through cookies. For these reasons, it is essential to pay more attention to settings that protect your personal information online.

11. Tips for secure internet surfing based on cookies

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited sites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. For example, disabling cookies will not allow you to access sites such as Youtube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.
That’s why we’re giving you some tips to ensure a safe web browser through cookies:
a. Customizes browser settings for cookies;
b. If you are the only user of the terminal, you can set expired cookie expiration dates;
c. If you are not the only user of the terminal, consider deleting individual browsing data each time you close your browser;
d. Install antispyware applications and make them constant, update;
e. Make sure that the browser you are using is always up-to-date because many of the cookies-based attacks are possible due to the weaknesses of the old versions of the browsers.
All browsers offer you the ability to customize how cookies work. To understand these settings, visit one of the links below, depending on the browser you are using:
a. Cookie settings in Internet Explorer;
b. Cookies settings in Firefox;
c. Cookies settings in Google Chrome
d. Cookies settings in Safari.

For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit the site: https://www.cookiechoices.org/.

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