What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain websites. At Comparesoft, we may use similar methods, such as pixels, web beacons, etc. For consistency, all of these methods are collectively referred to as “cookies”.
What types of cookies are distinguished?
· First-party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies issued by the Smart Barber.com domain, typically used for basic site functionality.
· Third-party cookies
Third-party cookies are owned and operated by other parties, such as Smart Barber’s business partners or service providers.
· Session cookies
Session cookies are temporary cookies that are used during the course of your visit to the website to remember you and end when you close the web browser.
· Permanent cookies
Persistent cookies are used to remember your preferences on the website and remain on your desktop or internet-enabled device even after you close your browser or restart your computer. \
· Necessary cookies
Cookies may be absolutely necessary for the operation of a website (e.g., to store logins or other user input or for security reasons).
Essential cookies help ensure that users can navigate the website by providing basic facilities such as navigating pages and accessing secure areas. Without these cookies the website would not function for its intended purpose.
Functional cookies allow information to be stored that can change the appearance or actions on the website. This could be your preferred language or region.
Analytical cookies help the website owner understand how visitors interact with the website by collecting information and generating reports.
Why are these cookies used?
There are several reasons why cookies are used. For example, cookies can be used to show that you have visited our website before and to identify which parts of the site may be of most interest to you. Cookies can also enhance your online experience by storing your preferences during your visit to our website.
Please note that Comparesoft does not currently use a technical solution that allows us to respond to “do-not-track” signals from your browser. However, to manage your cookie settings, you can change the cookie settings in your browser at any time. You can accept all cookies or only certain cookies. If you disable our cookies in your browser settings, certain sections of our website(s) may not function. For example, you may have problems logging in or making online purchases.
The following list provides more information on how to change your cookie settings in the browser you are using:
· Disabling cookies in Internet Explorer
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Internet Options”
Click on the “Privacy” tab.
Select the appropriate setting.
· Disabling cookies in Google Chrome
Click Settings > Advanced.
Under Security and Privacy, select Content Settings.
Click on “Cookies”.
· Disabling cookies in Safari
Go to Preferences > Privacy.
Click on “Remove all website data”.
· Disabling cookies in Firefox
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Options”
Click on the “Privacy” icon.
Click on the “Cookie” menu and select the desired options.
· Disabling cookies in Opera
Opera 6.0 and later versions
Go to the “File” > “Preferences” menu.
Cookies are used on our website for the following purposes:
· To store information that you enter so that you do not have to enter this information repeatedly.
· Passing information from one page to the next, for example when filling out an online order
· Save settings such as language, location, number of search results to display, etc.
· Reading your browser settings so that our website is displayed optimally on your screen.
· Detecting misuse of our website and services, for example by recording multiple failed login attempts in a row
· Consistently load the website to ensure access is maintained
· Offering the option to respond to our website
Cookies that allow us to measure the use of our website.
· Monitoring the number of visitors to our websites.
· Monitor the amount of time each visitor spends on our websites
· To determine the order in which a visitor visits the different pages of our website.
· Identify areas of our website where there is room for improvement
· Optimising the website
Cookies for behavioural content on a website
We want to present visitors to our website with the most relevant information possible. For this reason, we always strive to make our website the best it can be for each individual visitor. We do this not only through the content on our website, but also through the product recommendations displayed.
In order to make these adjustments, we try to get an idea of your possible interests based on the Comparesoft websites you visit and thus create a segmented profile. Based on these interests, we then customise the content and product recommendations on our website for a variety of customer groups.
Third-party vendors who set up cookies through our website may also try to determine your interests in this way. In this case, information about your current visit to our website may be combined with information about your previous visits to websites other than ours.
Please note that even if such cookies are not used, you will still be presented with product recommendations on our website. However, these product recommendations will not be tailored to your interests.
These cookies enable the following:
· The websites can save your visits and in this way determine your interests.
· It can be checked whether you have clicked on a product recommendation.
· Information about your browsing behaviour may be shared with other websites.
· Third-party services may be used to present product recommendations to you.
· Other interesting product recommendations may be shown based on your use of social networks.
Cookies used to share content on our website via social media
The articles, images and videos on our website may be shared via buttons and linked via social networks. Cookies from social media operators are used to enable these buttons to work so that you are recognised when you want to share an article or video.
These cookies enable the following:
Registered users of selected social networks can directly share certain content on our website and express their liking for it via a specific button.
The operators of social networks may also collect your personal data for their own purposes. Comparesoft has no influence on the use of your personal data by these social network operators. For more information on the cookies used by social network operators and the data they may collect, please refer to the privacy policies of the respective operators.
The Cookies we use
Cookie Type Description Lifespan
_ga Analytics The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors. 2 years
_gid Analytics Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. 1 day
_gat_UA-62814911-1 Analytics A variation of the _gat cookie set by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to allow website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. The pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. 1 minute
AWSALBCORS Necessary This cookie is managed by Amazon Web Services and is used for load balancing. 7 days
AWSALB Performance AWSALB is an application load balancer cookie set by Amazon Web Services to map the session to the target. 7 days