Cookies are small text files that sites you visit send to your navigation device (usually a browser). They are stored in the corresponding browser’s folder while the user is visiting a website and are then transmitted back to the same sites on subsequent visits.
They are used to improve navigation, to save user preferences and entered information (username, password, and similar), as well as to track user tastes and habits, allowing the site to manage targeted marketing initiatives or provide services related to other activities including newsletters, on site service communications, and so forth.
Session cookies are temporary files that exist only during a browsing session. When the browser is closed, session cookies expire. They are generally used to identify users when they log on to a website, to remember the user and preferences during transition between the pages of the site, and/or to provide specific information which has been collected previously. The most common example is the shopping cart feature of an e-commerce website. When visiting a catalogue page and selecting items, the session cookie remembers those selections so they remain selected in a virtual shopping cart which the user sees at checkout. Without session cookies, at checkout the new page would not be able to present the items seen and selected in the previous pages and the cart would always be empty.
Persistent Cookies are files that remain active even after the browser is closed and help the sites to remember data and user settings for future reference. This allows faster access and saves time since the user is not required to log in again. In addition to authentication, other website features are available, including: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, bookmarks or favourites, as well as many others. Preferences made during a visit will be remembered via persistent cookies for the next visit.
There are various types of cookies and some of them are known as third party. As an example, they are used by the first site visited by the user which may contain advertisements from another server or website owned by the third party.
The browser collects information from a range of sources so that all elements are displayed on the same page visited by the user, thus creating more cookies in the corresponding browser folder.
All these cookies can be directly removed from the browser or by using specifically designed programs, some of which are available free of charge. It’s also possible to block the creation of cookies in advance, but in this case some website services may not work as expected or may not be accessible.
Cookies are not viruses, they are text files that are neither interpreted by the browser nor running in memory. Consequently, they can not replicate, spread to other networks to be replicated again. Since they can not perform these functions, they do not fall under the standard definition of viruses.
However, cookies can be used for malicious purposes. Since information on preferences, user history and specific navigation across multiple sites are stored through them, cookies can be used as a form of spyware.
For this reason, many anti-spyware products report cookies as possible threats.
In accordance with our Responsible Use policy and Code of Ethics on all matters regarding Privacy, Stardue S.r.l. provides clear descriptions of how cookies are distributed from the company website.
Most browsers have a privacy setting which provides different levels of acceptance, expiration and deletion of cookies. In line with many website standard practices, the http://www.leecougan.com/ website may install cookies on the user’s computer. By using the site, users agree to the use of the technologies employed by the site, but maintain the faculty to decide how they are used, also via the customisation panel on this page.
Alcuni cookie sono indispensabili per il corretto funzionamento del nostro sito Web. Senza di essi non saresti in grado di navigare al suo interno e utilizzare alcune delle sue funzioni. I cookie di questo tipo sono “tecnici”, ovvero di sessione o permanenti, e permettono di ricordare, da una pagina all’altra del processo di prenotazione, le informazioni fornite dall’utente. Poiché questi cookie sono essenziali, disabilitandoli la fruizione dei contenuti del sito potrebbe venire compromessa e risultare impossibile o fortemente limitata. Questi cookie non raccolgono informazioni che permettono di identificare un visitatore, salvo l’utente non si registri sul sito e navighi successivamente al “login” in un’area riservata.
Profiling Cookies and navigation detection (statistics and website optimisation)
We use third-party profiling cookies to analyse the way visitors use our sites and to monitor their access. This allows us to offer a high quality experience, customising our offer on the basis of pages visited by users.
For example, we may use these kinds of cookies to track pages that are more popular, to identify the most effective connection method for the pages and to determine the cause of any error messages.
These cookies do not collect information which identify the user. All data collected is aggregated and made anonymous and used purely to improve use of the website.