1. What are cookies?
2. What types of cookies are used?
3. When might a cookie be placed on my device?
4. Do Cookies compromise security?
5. Managing cookies?
6. How collected data will be used?
WHAT ARE COOKIES
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device, be it a computer, smart phone, tablet or otherwise, when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device, be it a PC or mobile phone or otherwise and remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES ARE USED
Funways uses, but is not limited to the following types of cookies:
Session Cookies: These cookies store information only for the length of time that you are connected to a website. They are not written onto your hard drive. When you leave the website, the originator of the cookie no longer has the information that was contained on it. An example would be when you log in to the Funways website and are authenticated through your email address and password, we send out a session cookie to store the identification number of your browser. This allows us to confirm we are dealing with you.
Persistent cookies: These cookies, also known as ‘Tracking cookies’, store information about user preferences on your hard drive, keeping it there until the expiry date of the cookie, or until it is removed manually. An example would be when a you select 'Remember me' on sign in, so the site remembers that you are logged in even when you quit and re-launch your browser.
Third-party cookies: These are cookies set with domains different from the one shown on the address bar. The web pages on the first domain, in this case www.funways.me may feature content from a third-party domain. An example is where we integrate with sites like Facebook. These only have an impact if you are also signed in to the third party site.
Analytics cookies: Used to gather information on how you use this website, demographics and other data necessary to help us provide you with the best possible service and features. An example would be using Google analytics to track how you enter the site and which pages you visit.
WHEN MIGHT A COOKIE BE PLACED ON MY DEVICE
Funways may place cookies on your device, be it a computer, smart phone, tablet or otherwise, when you visit our website. Third-party providers and or any other website that is hyperlinked or linked in any other way to this website may also place cookies on your device.
DO COOKIES COMPROMISE SECURITY
Cookies are not considered viruses, rather they are inactive "text files" that can identify you to a web site so that they can track your browsing habits, but do not "run" on your machine and are not malicious. Generally, they can be deleted at any time.
Cookies cannot be used to spread viruses and they cannot access your hard drive. Cookies cannot read your hard drive to find out information about you; however, any personal information that you give to a website, including credit card information, will most likely be stored in a cookie unless you have turned off the cookie feature in your browser. In only this way are cookies a threat to privacy. The cookie will only contain information that you freely provide to a website.
As cookies are transmitted back and forth between a browser and website, there is the possibility that this information being intercepted. Although rare, this can happen if the browser is connecting to the server using an unencrypted network like a non-secured Wifi device.
Making sure your browser is up to date is one action that may prevent your device from being exploited. Outdated versions may be more susceptible to exploitation due to vulnerabilities with old security shortcomings. Browser settings can usually be set to update automatically to ensure the latest security patches are enabled.
Spy ware programs offer another level of protection and can aid in the detecting, alerting and cleaning up of possible attacks. They can also block access to potential problem websites.
Cookies can be managed through settings within your browser. As there are numerous browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, just to name a few, your options for managing these files will be subject to the browser(s) settings. Generally you will be able to:
1. Remove cookies.
2. Block or allow cookies.
3. Adjust privacy settings.
4. Set your browser to notify you when a cookie is received.
For information on how to perform such tasks, we suggest you use the "help" options offered on your computer itself, contact the manufacturer of your browser, your Internet service provider or research this topic by way of the numerous articles readily available on the Internet.
If you are concerned about having your browser enabled to accept cookies while you are surfing websites, including Funways, we recommend that you enable your browser to notify you when it is receiving a cookie, so that you can accept or reject any cookie presented by the web server you are visiting.
As cookies are so widely used in web development, disabling them is likely to lock you out of many widely used sites. Deleting cookies may also prevent some pages from displaying properly.
HOW COLLECTED DATA WILL BE USED
2. Enable this service to function as it was intended too.
3. Optimize web pages and speed up page loads.
4. Track user's personal preferences.
5. Count the number of visitors to the website.
6. Provide analytical data for the purposes of enhancing features & services.
If you do not understand the importance of cookies, the impact they have on devices, the data they collect or the information they can be used to produce then it is your responsibility to seek the necessary information from other sources to enable you to do so.