What are Cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on WebFlares.com as you browse, to help track your use of our site and to personalize your journey. If you return to WebFlares.com, the server can call the information from the cookies stored on your computer to tailor your experience of the site.
Cookies are safe to be stored on your computer and almost all web browsers automatically accept cookies. You can always choose to not accept a cookie by changing your browser settings to reject cookies automatically, or so that each cookie must be approved individually, but this may limit the functions available. The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers also tells you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to delete old cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. Please note that, in principle, cookies are only deleted on a forward-looking basis unless you actively delete the cookies that have already been used. For additional information on how to control cookies please see the Cookie Control section below.
We want to make sure you are fully aware of the cookies we use and what they do on Webflares.com. Our cookies serve various purposes, but are generally either necessary or essential to the functioning of our sites, services, applications, tools or messaging, help us improve the performance or provide you extra functionality of the same, or help us to serve relevant and targeted advertisements.
Cookies can be categorized by the purpose they serve (ie. Strictly Necessary) and by whether they are considered a “First Party Cookie” or “Third Party Cookie,” which describes who manages and controls the cookie and any information it collects.
First Party Cookies. These are cookies that are controlled and managed by WebFlares. This means that we also have access to any data that is being collected or stored. WebFlares only uses First Party Cookies that are either Strictly Necessary.
Third Party Cookies. These are cookies that are controlled and managed by a third party and they place these cookies on your device when you visit our site. Data collected, stored or used by the cookie is only accessible by the third party. We may use Third Party Cookies for each of the purposes listed below. Some may collect personally identifiable information (such as IP addresses). Some collect data in an anonymized form and aggregate statistics (such as Performance Cookies.)
Strictly Necessary or Essential: ‘Strictly necessary’ or “essential” cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas and shopping baskets. Without these technologies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. Please note that these technologies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet. Accepting these technologies is a condition of using our sites, services, applications, tools or messaging.
Functional: “Functional” cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we’ve added to our pages.
Performance: ‘Performance’ cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users and measure the effectiveness of our content. They do this by gathering statistical information, for instance, about page visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. This also helps us know which pages are the most and least popular and lets us understand how visitors more around the site. The statistical data collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous.
Targeting: “Targeting” cookies may be set through our sites, applications, or tools by third party advertising partners. This is in order to deliver content, including product related advertisements, relevant to your specific interests on our sites or third-party sites. They may be used by these companies to build a profile of your interests so that relevant adverts can be displayed on other sites. The profiles are built based on a unique identifier that is assigned to the cookie and linked to your browser and internet device.
You are always in control of your cookie preferences via your browser settings. Cookies are usually enabled by default on your browser, so if you have not changed your settings you should expect to be accepting cookies from websites. Note that, in principle, cookies are only deleted on a forward-looking basis. This means that you may need to delete cookies that have already been placed on your device.
Cookies that are disabled through your browser will limit your experience of webflares.com and many other websites online because it may also block cookies that allow functionality or that are necessary for the site. Most browsers allow you to choose whether to authorize cookies on a specific websites even if you have disabled cookies. Some browsers also allow you to choose to block only third party cookies. Please note that, blocking only third party cookies may still impact the functionality of the website depending on the functionality of the third party cookies being used.
There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you. You can also use www.ghostery.com to accept or refuse each cookie used on our Website.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage or delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.