COOKIES POLICY

WHAT IS A COOKIE ?

A cookie is a small text file, usually made up of identifiers, website names, letters and numbers, to which the user, when browsing the web page through a web browser ( eg. Chrome, Opera, etc. ), may or may not allow installation by storage on the computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment used by the computer. The cookie is “passive” ( does not contain programs, viruses, or spyware and cannot access information on the user’s hard drive ).

WHAT ARE COOKIES USED FOR ?

These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal in order to present you with content adapted to you preferences. Cookies ensure a pleasant browsing experience for the user and support DX EXPLORER’s efforts to provide the user with comfortable content, such as: online privacy preferences, etc. Cookies are also used to help me understand how a user benefits from the website pages, allowing me to improve their structure and content.

WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE ?

I use two types of cookies:

  • Session – temporary files that remain in the user’s terminal until the closing of the browsing session or the closing of the application ( web browser ),
  • Persistent – files that remain in the user’s terminal for a defined period by the parameters of that cookie, or until they are manually deleted by the user.

All first party cookies used on this website are stored internally and are mostly functional and related to the functionality of the website. These cookies are classified as functional and unclassified. None of the data retained by these cookies is shared to third parties. I only use these cookies to store your preferences of language, currency and to measure the page visits on the website in order to help me improve the content I am posting. Check the cookies used on this website by clicking here.

THIRD PARTY COOKIES

This website does not use performance measurement, web analytics, or third-party advertising services. For this reason I do not store third-party performance, analysis, or advertising cookies. It is possible for third parties to store cookies ( eg. Google may store cookies on pages where YouTube clips, or Google Captcha are present ).

I ask these third parties to use the personal information I transfer only for the purpose for which it was transferred and to keep it no longer than is necessary to fulfill that purpose.

HOW ARE COOKIES USED BY THIS WEBSITE ?

I use an internal script for performance and analytics purposes that may store cookies. Performance and analytics data is for internal use only. I do not share this information with third parties.

Cookies that, from a technical point of view, are not required to be stored on the user’s terminal, will only be used if the user expresses his consent. The user can withdraw his consent at any time by changing the settings related to the browser used. A visit to this website may place the following types of cookies, depending on the consent expressed by the user:

  • Necessary;
  • Functional;
  • Unclassified.

DO COOKIES CONTAIN PERSONAL DATA ?

In most cases, cookies do not directly identify internet users, but the terminal from which they accessed certain web pages. This data is encrypted in a way that prevents unauthorized access by third parties.

RETENTION AND DELETION OF COOKIES

In general, an application used to access web pages allows you to save cookies on the user’s terminal by default. These settings can be changed by the user so that the automatic administration of cookies is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed every time the cookies are sent to his terminal.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY ISSUES

Cookies are NOT viruses as they use text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or run on their own. As a result, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks in order to run or replicate. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.

However, cookies may be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular website and on several other websites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti spyware products are aware of this and constantly mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / 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 certain website.

OTHER SECURITY ISSUES RELATED TO COOKIES

Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, the information contained in cookies may be intercepted.

Although this is happening very rare, if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network ( eg. an unsecured WiFi network ).

Other cookie based attacks involve incorrect cookie settings 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 unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain websites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of personal information protection.

TIPS FOR A SAFE AND RESPONSABLE NAVIGATION

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited and largest websites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user to access the most widespread and used websites, including YouTube, Gmail, etc.
Here are some tips that can help you navigate without worries but with the help of cookies:

  • Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of security for you to use cookies;
  • If you don’t mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data;
  • If you share access to your computer, you may want to consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is an option to access websites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session;
  • Install and constantly update antivirus / antispyware applications;
  • Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include detecting attacks on websites. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software;
  • Make sure your browser is always up to date.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and largest websites on the local or international internet. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can surf the Internet with confidence.

Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / view online advertising.

It is possible to set in the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a specific website. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.

To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s “help” option for more details.

For the cookies settings generated by third parties, you can also consult the website:

If you have any questions, or want more details about the use of cookies on this website, you can send me an email using the contact form.

Last update: March 20th 2024.