Howtospecialist.com does not collect any personal information from our website visitors. However, the web servers may store information about what pages you visited, how long you stayed on our website or if you are a returning visitor. The information in the log files include your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.
We use third-party advertising companies to show ads when you visit our website. These enterprises may use information about your visits to Howtospecialist.com to provide relevant ads for each visitor. These third-party companies do not store information about your name, address or email address. These information are used for showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing tool ads to someone who frequents tool review sites) or ads relevant to your location. Read here more about the cookies used by Google to show ads on our website.
Howtospecialist.com also uses Google Analytics, to understand how visitors engage with our website. Nevertheless, Google Analytics collects information anonymously without identifying individual visitors and provide statistical information about our visitors.
Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use them to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, and thus improve the services. We analyze data for site traffic and site interaction and create more useful content that comes to fulfill your needs. If you disable cookies, some features will be disabled.
A “Cookie Internet” (also known as “cookie browser” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on your computer, other equipment of a user accessing the Internet. The cookie is installed through a web browser’s browser request (eg Firefox, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the user’s disk). A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or the cookie value. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver. Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 categories of cookies: Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that the browser saves them until the user exits the web site or closes the browser window. Persistent cookies – They are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default cookie lifetime). Persistent cookies include those placed on a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to memorize the interests of a user so as to deliver the most relevant advertising for users.
A cookie contains information that links a web browser (user) and a specific web-server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the already stored information and respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services: ex – online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.
Cookies are managed by web servers. The life of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used only for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that site (‘cookie- permanent ‘). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings.
Every time a user visits this site, third-party analytics software generates a user’s analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you’ve visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows the monitoring of the unique users who visit us and how often they do it.
The advertising cookies let us know whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad, and how long it has been since you saw the ad message. These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We may also use third-party cookies for better advertising targeting, for example, to show cat commercials if the user has recently visited an article on cats site. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not about the users.
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Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made of pieces of code so they can not be executed or executed on their own. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they can not perform these functions, they can not be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about user preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this and consistently mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, shelf life, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security issues related to cookies:
Because identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems can create cookies. Because their information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person interferes with the data transmission path, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.
Here are some tips that can help ensure that you navigate without worries with cookies:
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable cookie-level for you.
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal data.
- If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way of accessing sites that place cookies and deleting any visitor information at the end of the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update antispyware applications.
- Many of the applications for detecting and preventing spyware include detecting attacks on sites. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.
Make sure your browser is always updated to the latest version. Many of the cookies attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and can not be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and greatest websites on the Internet – local or international. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can surf the Internet with confidence.
How do I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make some sites unfeasible or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will not receive / see online advertising anymore. It is possible to set up in the browser so that these cookies are no longer supported or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a particular site. 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 your browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu. To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s “help” option for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/
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- Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to HowToSpecialist.com and other sites on the Internet.
Third Party Cookies
These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on HowToSpecialist.com send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. We have no access or control over the cookies that are used by third-party advertisers (Google Adsense, Media.net, Amazon).
If you want to disable cookies, you should use the individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the websites of those browsers. For Example: In Internet Explorer (version 10) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”. In Firefox (version 24) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”. In Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
You might find on HowToSpecialist.com links to third party websites. These websites should have their own privacy policies which you should check. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.
You might find on Howtospecialist.com links to third party websites. These websites should have their own privacy policies which you should check. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.