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Cookie Usage

The https://themenclinics.com/ website uses cookies.

In this section we will provide you with more information about what cookies are, how we use them and how you can manage them both on our site and on other sites for the best possible online experience.

Cookies: what they are and how they work
In the following lines we present information to inform you about the placement, use and management of cookies used by https://themenclinics.com/.

Please read the following information carefully:

This website uses both its own cookies and cookies added by third parties to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests.

The „modern web” or „web 2.0″ uses cookies which play an important role in facilitating access to and delivery of the many services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

  • Personalising certain settings such as: the language in which the site is viewed, the date and time, keeping options/settings (including saving them) and preserving older preferences by accessing different buttons/functions.
  • Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so that they can make them more efficient or more accessible to users.
  • They allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be embedded (inserted/embeded) on certain pages to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience.

What is a cookie?
An „Internet cookie” (also known as a „browser cookie” or „HTTP cookie” or simply „cookie”) is a small file containing letters and numbers that will be stored on a user’s computer, mobile device or other equipment from which they accessed a website.

The cookie is sent via a request issued by the web-server on which the website is hosted to the user’s browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) and is completely „passive”, i.e. it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive.

A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie and is uniquely associated with the domain on which the website that sent it to the user’s browser is hosted (e.g. https://themenclinics.com/). Furthermore, the lifetime of a cookie is determined and only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again, and only when the user returns to the website associated with that web server.

Cookies will not require personal information in order to be used, nor can they personally identify Internet users.

 

There are two main categories of cookies:

  • Session cookies – these are stored temporarily in the cookie folder of the web browser until the user leaves the site or closes the browser window.
  • Persistent cookies – these are stored on the computer or hardware used for a longer period of time and remain stored even after leaving the site or closing the web browser (and generally depend on the default lifetime of the cookie).

Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as „third party cookies” – which can be used anonymously to remember a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising can be delivered to that user.

Advantages of cookies
A cookie contains information that links a browser (the user) to a specific web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly.

Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide convenient services to users. Examples – online privacy preferences, site language choices or relevant advertising etc.

The lifetime of a cookie
Cookies are managed by web-servers. The lifetime of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session („session cookies”) and are not retained after the user leaves the site, while other cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that site („persistent cookies”).

However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time via browser settings.

Cookies placed by third parties
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties/suppliers (e.g. a news box, a video or an advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called „third party cookies” because they are not placed by the site. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.

Use of cookies by this site
Your visit to this site may place cookies for the following purposes:

  • Site performance cookies
  • Visitor analytics cookies
  • Registration or login cookies
  • Third party cookies

Performance cookies

This type of cookie will remember the user’s preferences on this site, so there is no need to set them each time you visit the site.

Visitor analytics cookies

Each time a user visits this site, analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analytics cookie. This cookie will tell us if you have visited this site before. The browser checks whether this cookie exists and if not, one is generated. This allows us to track unique users who visit the site and how often they do so.

This cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, they are only used for statistical purposes.

Cookies for registration or authentication

When you register or log in to this site, a cookie will be generated to let us know whether you are registered or not. Our server uses these cookies to identify which account you are registered with and whether you have the necessary permissions for a particular service or to access certain sections of the site. It also allows us to associate the comments you post on the site with your account username. If you have not selected „keep me logged in”, this cookie will be deleted automatically when you close your browser or computer.

Third party cookies

On some pages, third parties may set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an advertisement/application or for customization of an application. Due to usage patterns, this site cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access cookies held by this site.

Third party online advertising
Some third parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyse how many people have viewed an advertisement, or to see how many people have repeatedly viewed a particular advertisement.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this site does not have access to these cookies. Third party cookies are used to show you targeted advertising on other sites based on your browsing on this site and therefore your preferences.

Type of information stored and accessed through cookies
Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a site to recognize a browser. The web-server will recognise the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.

The cookie stores important information that enhances your web browsing experience. E.g.: settings for the language in which you want to access a site, keeping a user logged in to a membership account or email account, online security, keeping and remembering settings etc.

The importance of cookies for the Internet
Cookies are at the heart of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience tailored to each user’s preferences and interests. Refusing or disabling cookies may make some sites unusable.

Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising, only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests as evidenced by your previous browsing behaviour.

Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to log in to a specific account):

  • Content and services tailored to user preferences – news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
  • Offerings tailored to user interests – password retention, language preferences (e.g. displaying search results in English).
  • Retain child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
  • Limiting the frequency of ads – limiting the number of times an ad is displayed for a given user on a site.
  • Providing relevant advertising to the user.
  • Measurement, optimisation and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a site, what type of content is viewed more and how a user gets to the site (e.g. via search engines, directly, from other sites etc). Sites run these usage analytics to improve their sites for the benefit of the user.

Remarketing policy
Cookies (a number that uniquely identifies a web browser on a specific computer, not a person) are collected on the pages of the https://themenclinics.com website through a remarketing tag and conversion code received from Google AdWords. The remarketing tag Google collects cookies in order to display ads on Google Display Network websites and in Google Search.

When users visit a website page that contains a remarketing tag, the cookie of the browser they are using is added to a remarketing list. A remarketing list is a set of user cookies generated by one or more remarketing tags.

Google AdWords uses cookies to display sponsored ads on Google Display Network websites and in Google Search to users who have visited the https://themenclinics.com website. If you do not agree with Google’s use of cookies, you can opt-out via the Ads Preferences Manager.

Security and privacy issues
Cookies should NOT be confused with viruses! They use a plain text format. They are not made up of pieces of code, so they cannot be executed or run themselves. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. As they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.

Cookies can however be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and across multiple sites, cookies can be used as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and consistently flag cookies for deletion as part of anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.

Browsers generally have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

Other security issues related to cookies.
As identity protection is very important and is the right of every internet user, it is advisable to be aware of possible problems that may arise in relation to cookies. As cookies constantly transmit information back and forth between the browser and the site, if an attacker or unauthorised person interferes with the data transmission path, the information contained in cookies can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (e.g. an unsecured Wi-Fi network).

Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong 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 unauthorised access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.

Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies.
Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited and largest sites use cookies, they are almost unavoidable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user access to the most popular and used sites including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo, Google and many others.

A few tips that can make sure you browse worry-free with cookies:

  • Customize your browser’s cookie settings to set a comfortable level of security.
  • If you don’t mind cookies and you’re the only person using your computer, you can set long expiry times for storing browsing history and personal access data.
  • If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser, is the option to access sites that place cookies and delete any visiting information when you close your browsing session.
  • Install and constantly update your anti-spyware applications.

Many spyware detection and prevention applications include detection of attacks on websites. This prevents your browser from accessing sites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.

Make sure your browser is always up to date.

Many cookie-based attacks are carried out by exploiting weaknesses in older versions of browsers.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and biggest sites 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.

Disabling cookies
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites unusable or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive or see online advertising.

You can make settings in your browser to stop accepting cookies, or you can set your browser to accept cookies only from a specific site. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in your browser’s „Options” or „Preferences” menu, or you can use the browser’s „Help” option for more details.

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

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari

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