Happy Clean or/Professional Carpet Cleaning (“I”, “us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the professionalcarpetcleaning.ie website (the “Service”, “website”, “site”).
This policy refers to cookies and web pages operated by professionalcarpetcleaning.ie.
2. What are cookies?
The cookies are small files, comprising letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user when accessing the Internet. The cookie is installed by a request made by a web server to a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).
3. What are cookies used for?
These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and present the content in a relevant way, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support Happy Clean or/Professional Carpet Cleaning’s efforts to provide user-friendly services. They are also used to load pages faster.
4. What cookies do we use?
We use fixed cookies. These remain on the user’s terminal for a period of time in the parameters of the cookie or until they are manually deleted by the user.
5. How are cookies used by this site?
A visit to professionalcarpetcleaning.ie may place cookies for site performance purposes, functionality, or analytics. For example, the speed of the website is given by cookies.
6. Do cookies contain personal data?
Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
7. Deleting Cookies
8. Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies can make some sites impossible to use.
Refusing or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, evidenced by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require user authentication through an account):
- Content and services adapted to the user’s preferences – product and service categories.
- Offers ‘tailored’ information to the interests of users.
- Retaining child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
- Limiting the frequency of ad serving – limiting the number of times an ad is displayed for a particular user on a site.
- Providing more relevant advertising to the user.
- Measurement, optimization, and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what kind of content is accessed, and how a user reaches a website (eg through direct browsing, search engines, social, from other websites, etc.). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
9. Security and confidentiality issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not formed of pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor self-run. Therefore, cookies cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because cannot perform these functions, cookies cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies can be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ browsing preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on many other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and are constantly flagging cookies for deletion in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.
Generally, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security aspects related to cookies:
Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems can cookies create. Because through them is constantly transmitted in both directions (the information between browser and website), if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.
Although very rarely, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve incorrect 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. The attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful when choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing, based on cookies.
Here are some tips that can ensure you navigate without worries, but with the help of cookies:
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long deadlines for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
- If you share computer access, you can consider setting the browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is an option to access the websites that place cookies and to delete any visiting information at the end of the browsing session.
- Install and update your anti-spyware applications constantly.
Many spyware applications for detection and prevention include detecting site attacks. Thus, it 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 of the cookie-based attacks are performed by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and can not be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and largest sites on the Internet – local or international. With a clear understanding of their mode of operation and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can safely browse the Internet.
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain websites impractical 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 in the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted, or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a particular site. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.
All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in “options” or in the “preferences” menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, or you can use the browser “help” option for more details. Click on your browser type:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
For the settings of cookies generated by third parties, you can also examine the website:
WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE ON OUR WEBSITE?
We will start with those that are strictly necessary for the smooth functioning of the website. For example, if you leave a comment on our site, you can choose to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience, so you don’t have to complete them again when you leave another comment. These cookies will be valid (in general) for one year.
If you have an account and log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is removed when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set some cookies to save your login information and on-screen display options. Authentication cookies are usually kept for two days, and those for on-screen display options are kept for one year (this can vary from site to site). If you select “Remember Me“, your authentication cookies will be kept for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the authentication cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish a post, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie does not include personal data and simply indicates the ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
What cookies are placed by “third-party”?
Third-party cookies are those cookies placed by Google, Amazon (affiliate marketing), YouTube, Vimeo, Doubleclick and other big platforms. These cookies give new features to the website professionalcarpetcleaning.ie, such as:
GOOGLE – Here, we have several types of cookies, as follows:
- Analytics: Track the activity of users on professionalcarpetcleaning.ie and it helps us get statistics to improve our website.
- Ads: are those advertisements from articles/pages with which we can monetize the website, thus offering free articles with cleaning tips to all.
We will list a few cookie examples in each category:
_ga – Provides statistics on how a user uses the website
_gat – Provides Google Analytics & statistics for the rate of access of professionalcarpetcleaning.ie
_gid – Register a unique ID on the terminal, to provide unique statistics on how that user uses the website
These cookies can be deactivated on request. All you have to do is go to the Privacy Preferences Center and switch to off.
Here are all the cookies placed by Google for “google ads” (advertising) – We will list a few:
NID – This cookie is used for preferential advertising. With this cookie, you will only be shown ads that interest you, set up in your google account.
SID – This cookie will only display advertising relevant and of interest to the user.
CONVERSION – This cookie shows us if a user clicked on an “ad” (advertising poster) and bought something from the website where he was sent.
These cookies are controlled directly by Google and cannot be stopped directly from us. But if you want to disable them, you can do so from here: Google Ad Customization
YOUTUBE – These cookies allow you to view videos from our website or display relevant advertising provided by YouTube.com
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE – This cookie estimates the user’s internet band to play integrated video from YouTube
PREF – Send a unique ID that helps Google keep statistics on how a user watches a video from YouTube, integrated into other websites
YSC – Records a unique ID that holds user statistics about the videos or videos you watch on YouTube.
DOUBLECLICK.NET – These cookies are used for displaying advertising (necessary for website monetization, if activated)
IDE – It is used to report user actions after seeing or clicking on an advertisement, to measure the effectiveness of that banner and to send relevant advertisements in the future.
DSID – This cookie displays the most relevant ads, with the highest impact, thus increasing the chance of a click given by the user of interest.
MOKIE1.CN – Cookies such as “mdata” and “id” to identify the product technology used by the user.
OPENx.NET – Cookies such as “i” and “pd” for identifying under anonymity the geographical address for IP
INNOVID.COM – Cookie like “uuid” used to compile statistics with the pages visited from the relevant ads
AMAZON – These cookies are placed for affiliate marketing and conversions. For example, if you click on an Amazon link for a cheap kitchen tool, it will set a cookie that expires (usually) in 30 days.
PHPSESSID – Session ID – Preserves user session state across page requests. This Cookie cannot be blocked, otherwise, the site will crash.
__cfduid, __cf_bm – Cloud Security – Used by the cloud content network Cloudflare to speed up all our pages within professionalcarpetcleaning.ie and gives more security against attackers, hackers, and spammers. It cannot be disabled because we strive to have the best security for our users.
wpSGCacheBypass, wpSGCache – Website’s Cache – These cookies are set for better page speed and loading, and it serves the cache instead of dynamically loading the website. This will help also to reduce the download amount between the website and your terminal.
ct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie, ct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie-level – GDPR Cookie – This cookie is set by our GDPR plugin to remember your selected options and to enable/disable the rest of the cookies. It cannot be blocked, otherwise, the site will crash and our GDPR plugin will not work.
wordpress_logged_in_ccabba, wordpress_sec_ccabba – Logged in Users – This cookie is set by our website for logged in users in order to remember your style of using professionalcarpetcleaning.ie. Without it, we cannot use the Logging in/Register feature, nor you can log in to your account even if you want to. This cookie is a necessary one.
wp-settings, wp-settings-2, wordpress_test_cookie, wp-settings-time, wp-settings-time-2 – Settings Cookies – These cookies store your user settings on professionalcarpetcleaning.ie. Without these cookies, our users cannot make changes to their profile, cannot modify their account or other settings needed for the profile plugin to work.
1P_JAR, NID, CONSENT – We use Google ReCaptcha, therefore, if you have the functionality enabled, these 3 cookies will show up. For example, if you want to rate our service, you’ll need Functionality enabled.