Cookie policy

  1. Cookie policy

    This policy covers cookies and web pages operated by Strehan Estate.

  2. What are cookies?

    A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on a user’s computer, mobile device or other equipment from which the internet is accessed. The cookie is installed by a request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) and is completely “passive” (contains no software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user’s hard drive).

  3. What are cookies used for?

    These files make it possible to recognise the user’s terminal and present content in a relevant way, tailored to the user’s preferences. Cookies ensure a pleasant browsing experience for users and support Strehan Estate’s efforts to provide convenient services to users: e.g. online privacy preferences, shopping cart or relevant advertising. They are also used in the preparation of aggregated anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, excluding personal identification of the user.

  4. What cookies do we use?

    We use two types of cookies: per session and fixed. The latter are temporary files that remain on the user’s terminal until the session ends or the application (web browser) is closed. Fixed files remain on the user’s terminal for a period of time in the cookie’s settings or until manually deleted by the user.

  5. How are cookies used?

    A visit to this site may place cookies for purposes of:

    • Website performance cookies
    • Visitor analytics cookies
    • Cookies for geo-targeting
    • Registration cookies
    • Advertising cookies
    • Advertiser cookies
  6. Do cookies contain personal data?

    Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users. Personal data collected through the use of cookies may only be collected to facilitate certain functionalities for the user. Such data is encrypted in a way that makes it impossible for unauthorised persons to access it.

  7. Deleting cookies

    In general, an application used to access web pages allows cookies to be saved on the terminal by default. These settings can be changed in such a way that the automatic management of cookies is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed each time cookies are sent to his/her terminal. Detailed information about the possibilities and modes of cookie management can be found in the settings area of the application (web browser). Limiting the use of cookies may affect certain functionalities of the website.

  8. Why are cookies important 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 – it just means that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests as evidenced by your browsing behaviour.

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

    • Content and services tailored to user preferences – product and service categories.
    • Offers tailored to users’ interests – password retention.
    • Retain child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
    • Limiting ad serving frequency – limiting the number of times an ad is shown to a particular user on a site.
    • Provide more relevant advertising to the user.
    • Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is being viewed and how a user gets to a website (e.g. via search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.) Websites run these analytics on their usage to improve websites for the benefit of users.
  9. Security and privacy concerns

    Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. 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 themselves again. Since 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 on several other 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 cookie-related security issues:

    As identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it is good to know what possible problems cookies can create.

    Because cookies constantly transmit information back and forth between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorised person intervenes in the data transmission path, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.

    Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (e.g. an unsecured WiFi 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 websites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.

    10. 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 and others.

    Here are a few tips to make sure you browse worry-free but with cookies:

    • Customise your browser’s cookie settings to reflect a level of cookie security that is comfortable for you.
    • If you don’t mind cookies and you are 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 may consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is a variant of accessing sites that place cookies and deleting any visit data 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 the browser from accessing websites 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 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/see online advertising.

    It is possible to set your browser to stop accepting cookies or you can set your browser to accept cookies 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 the “options” or “preferences” menu of the browser you are using.