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This website uses its own and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests.
In the modern internet, cookies play an important role in facilitating access and delivery of the many services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
- Customizing certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or prices are expressed, keeping options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and storing these options) – generating – thus the flexibility of the “shopping cart” (accessing the old preferences by accessing the “forward” and “back” button).
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their websites are used by users, so that they can make them more efficient and accessible to users.
- Allow multimedia or other applications on other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience;
- Improving the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a “cookie”?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as “cookie browser”, “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file, made up of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile device or other equipment of a user accessing the Internet.
The cookie is installed by a web server’s request from a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive) .
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the cookie’s lifetime is determined: technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with the respective web server.
Cookies by themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 major categories of cookies:
Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser to store them until the user exits the respective web site or closes the browser window (eg when logging in / logging on a webmail or social media account).
Persistent cookies – these are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (generally depends on the default cookie lifetime). Persistent cookies include those placed by another web-site than the one the user is visiting at the time – they are known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used in any way anonymously to memorize the interests of a user so that the most relevant advertising to users is delivered.
What are the benefits of cookies?
A cookie contains information that links a web-browser (the user) and a particular web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services (eg online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising).
How long lives a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used only for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (” permanent cookies ”). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through the browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third parties?
Certain content sections on some sites may be provided through third parties / providers (eg news box, a video or an advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the respective website. Third party providers must also comply with the law in force and the privacy policies of the site owner.
How are cookies used by this site?
A visit to this site may place cookies for the purposes of:
- Site performance cookies;
- Visitor analysis cookies;
- Cookies for geotargeting;
- Recording cookies;
- Cookies for advertising;
- Cookies of advertising providers.
These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google, Facebook, SATI, Httpool, SPA.
This type of cookie retains the preferences of the user on this site, so no need to set them every time you visit the site.
- video player volume settings;
- the speed of streaming video that the browser is compatible with.
Cookies for visitor analysis
Cookies for geotargeting
These cookies are used by software that determines which country you are from. It is completely anonymous and is only used to target content – even when you are on our website in Romanian or another language, you receive the same advertisement.
Cookies for registration
When you register on this site, we generate a cookie that notifies you whether or not you are registered. Our servers use these cookies to show us your registered account and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post on our site with your username. If you have not selected “keep me registered”, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser or computer.
Cookies for advertising
These cookies allow us to find out whether or not you have viewed an online advertisement, which is its type and how long it has been since you saw the creative. We also use these cookies to target online advertising. We may also use third-party cookies for better targeting of advertising (for example: to show holiday ads, if the user recently visited an article on the holiday site). These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the content viewed, not about the users. We also set anonymous cookies through other sites that we advertise. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that site. If you later visit our site, we will be able to deliver you advertising based on this information.
Cookies of advertising providers
Much of the advertising you find on this site belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have been exposed to an advertising message, or to see how many people have been exposed multiple times to the same advertisement. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this site does not have access to read or write these cookies. Third-party cookies may be used to display your card advertising on other sites, based on your browsing this site.
Other third-party cookies
On some pages, third parties may set their own anonymous cookies, in order to track the success of an application or to customize an application. Due to the way they are used, this site cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies owned by this site. For example, when you share an article using the social media button on this site, that social network will record your activity.
What kind of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a website to recognize a browser. The web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (eg the language settings in which you want to access a site, keeping a user logged in to your webmail account, online banking security, keeping products in the shopping cart).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a user-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 disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests highlighted by browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require user authentication through an account):
- Content and services tailored to the user’s preferences – categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
- Offers tailored to users’ interests – password retention, language preferences (eg displaying search results in Romanian).
Retain child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search features).
- 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 viewed and how a user reaches a website (eg through search engines, directly, from other websites – hours etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor can they self-run. As a result, you cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they 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 several 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 built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance: the period of validity and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site. Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems cookies may create. Because through them the information between the browser and the website is constantly transmitted in both directions, if an attacker or an unauthorized person intervenes during the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although this is very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an encrypted network (eg an unsecured Wi-Fi 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 the purpose 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 to make sure you browse smoothly with 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 access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access websites that place cookies and delete any visit information when you close your browsing session.
- Always install and update your antispyware applications.
Many spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection.
This 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 made 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 Internet sites – local or international. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can browse the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can 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 it in your browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a particular site. 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. Typically, these settings can be found in your browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu. For more details you can consult the following link: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/en/