Third parties may place and read "cookies" in your web browser. Cookies are alphanumeric tracking identifiers that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser to enable its systems to recognize your browser. These cookies are persistent, identifying cookies that remember your information and link your activities to you.
While you can take steps to warn off, block or disable these cookies, if you do, the website may not function or appear as it is designed. Nonetheless, if you want to take these steps, you can do so by following the instructions associated with your browser (see below).
Cookies collect information like this:
- the date and time you access the website and pages you visit
- the domain name and host from which you access the Internet
- the Internet address of the site from which you direct-linked to theirs (referrer)
- your computer's IP address and information about its operating system, platform and the web browser type and version you use
- demographic and other non-personally identifiable profile information about you
Collection of Information by Third Parties
Any website may include third-party advertising, links to other websites, and other content from third party businesses. The content posted by these parties will be reasonably identifiable as coming from a third party.
The operator of a website may share non-personally identifiable (e.g. demographic) information to facilitate delivery of relevant advertisements. These third-party websites, businesses, and advertisers, or advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use technology to deliver (or "serve") the advertisements that appear on our website directly to your browser.
Malvertising involves injecting malicious or malware-laden advertisements into legitimate online advertising networks and webpages. Online advertisements provide a solid platform for spreading malware because significant effort is put into them in order to attract users and sell or advertise the product.
Because advertising content can be inserted into high-profile and reputable websites, malvertising provides malefactors an opportunity to push their attacks to web users who might not otherwise see the ads, due to firewalls, more safety precautions, or the like.
Malvertising is attractive to attackers because it can be easily spread across a large number of legitimate websites without directly compromising those websites.
Stop Ads and Cookies
Some third party advertising companies provide a mechanism to opt-out of their technology.
You can adjust your browser settings to give you a bit more privacy:
- Set your browser to delete all cookies when you close it.
- Tell websites not to track you. They may still do.
- Install adblocking extensions like Ghostery.