Cookie Policy

Last updated: Jan 4, 2017.

At Customgurus.com, we believe in being clear and open about how we collect and use data related to you. This Cookie Policy applies to any Customgurus.com product or service that links to this policy or incorporates it by reference. We use cookies and similar technologies to collect and use data as part of our Services as defined in our Privacy Policy (“Services”) and which includes our sites, communications, mobile applications and off-site Services, such as our ad services and the “Apply with www.customgurus.com” and “www.customgurus.com’s plugins or tags”. In the spirit of transparency, this policy provides detailed information about how and when we use these technologies. By continuing to visit or use our Services, you are agreeing to the use of cookies and similar technologies for the purposes described in this policy.

Who is a cookie?

Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next. You can read more about cookies at cookies.com

When are cookies created?

Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded - for example after a 'submit' button is pressed the data handling page would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If the user has elected to disable cookies then the write operation will fail, and subsequent sites which rely on the cookie will either have to take a default action, or prompt the user to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.

When are cookies used?

Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with massive amounts of data storage. Storing the data on the server without using cookies would also be problematic because it would be difficult to retrieve a particular user's information without requiring a login on each visit to the website. If there is a large amount of information to store, then a cookie can simply be used as a means to identify a given user so that further related information can be looked up on a server-side database. For example the first time a user visits a site they may choose a username which is stored in the cookie, and then provide data such as password, name, address, preferred font size, page layout, etc. - this information would all be stored on the database using the username as a key. Subsequently when the site is revisited the server will read the cookie to find the username, and then retrieve all the user's information from the database without it having to be re-entered.

Do we use cookies?

Yes. We use cookies and similar technologies like single-pixel gifs and web beacons. We use both session-based and persistent cookies to provide you services or to make it easier to navigate the website. We set and accesses our own cookies on the website and we also use third party cookies, like Google Analytics.

How do we use cookies?

Some cookies are associated with your account and personal information in order to remember that you are logged in and which services you order. Other cookies are not tied to your account but are unique and allow us to carry out analytics and customization, among other similar things. Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit our website or use our services, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that's consistent with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions faster and more secure.

How do we use cookies for advertising?

Cookies and other ad technology such as beacons, pixels, and tags help us market more effectively to users that we and our partners believe may be interested in our services. They also help provide us with aggregated auditing, research, statistics and reporting, and know when content has been shown to you.

How Secure are Cookies?

There is a lot of concern about privacy and security on the internet. Cookies do not in themselves present a threat to privacy, since they can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or that the web server already has. Whilst it is possible that this information could be made available to specific third party websites, this is no worse than storing it in a central database. If you are concerned that the information you provide to a webserver will not be treated as confidential then you should question whether you actually need to provide that information at all.