The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of cookies used by the site. There are also some useful links to this topic.
If you need more information and cannot be found below, you can contact us at the email address listed on the Terms and Conditions page.
Please read the following information carefully:
This website uses its own cookies and third parties to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of each.
On the Internet, cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services 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 tariffs are expressed, the storage of options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and the storage of these options) so the flexibility of the “shopping cart” (accessing old preferences by clicking the “forward” and “back” buttons)
• Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users so they can make them more efficient and accessible to users.
• Allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable browsing experience;
• Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a cookie?
A “Cookie Internet” (also known as “cookie browser” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on your computer, other equipment of a user accessing the Internet.
The cookie is installed through a web browser’s browser request (eg Firefox, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s disk).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or the cookie value. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie 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 themselves do not require personal information to be used and do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 categories of cookies:
• Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that the browser saves them until the user exits the web site or closes the browser window.
• Persistent cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default cookie lifetime). Persistent cookies also include those placed on a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to store the interests of a user so that advertising is delivered as relevant to users as possible.
What are the benefits of cookies?
A cookie contains information linking a web browser (user) and a specific web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the already stored information and respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services: ex – privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.
What is the life of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The life 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 site (‘cookie- permanent ‘). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third parties?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third-party / vendor (e.g., news, video, or 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 that website. Third-party vendors must also comply with the applicable law and privacy policies of the site owner.
How cookies are used by websites
A visit to a website may place cookies for purposes of:
• Visitor browsing experience analysis cookies
• Account registration cookies
• Cookie preservation settings
• cookies for advertising
These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
Cookies to analyze your visitors’ browsing experience
Every time a user visits this site, a third-party Analytics software generates a user’s analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited your site so far. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows the monitoring of the unique users who visit us and how often they do it.
Account logging cookies
When you register on this site, we generate a cookie that tells us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with which you are registered and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comment or question you post on our site with your username. If you have not selected “keep me registered”, this cookie will be deleted automatically when you close your browser or the computer.
Cookies for preserving settings
This cookie is used to store settings such as accepting cookie usage notifications, the language used to browse the website, etc. in the browser’s memory.
Keeping these settings gives the user a comfortable browsing of the website.
Cookies for advertising
These cookies let us know whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad, and how long it has been since you saw the ad message.
These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We can also use third-party cookies to better target advertising to show, for example, commercials about cat products if the user has recently visited an article on cat’s site. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not about the users.
What type 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 your browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that enhances your Internet browsing experience (for example: language settings to access a site, keeping a logged-in user, online banking security, keeping products in the shopping cart)
Why are Internet Cookies Important?
Cookies are the central focus of the Internet’s efficient operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Denying or disabling cookies can make some sites impossible to use.
Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to keep track of your preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require authentication of a user through an account):
• Content and services tailored to user preferences – news, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment sites and travel services.
• Offers tailored to users’ interests – password retention, language preferences (Ex: display of Romanian search results).
• Retaining Child Protection Filters for Content on the Internet (family mode options, safe search functions).
• Limit ad serving frequency – limit the number of impressions of an ad for a particular user on a site.
• Provide more relevant advertising for the user.
• Measurement, optimization, and Analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what kind of content is viewed, and how a user reaches a website (eg through search engines, directly from other websites, etc.). Websites run these analyzes of their use to improve sites for the benefit of users.
Security and confidentiality issues
Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or executed on their own. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ 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 and consistently mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have built in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, shelf life, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security issues related to cookies:
Since identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what issues can be created by cookies. Because their information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person interferes with the data transmission path, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.
Although very rarely, this can happen if the browser connects to the web server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve bad cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to fool the browsers to send information through insecure channels. Attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
Tips for safe and responsible cookie-based navigation.
Here are some tips that can help you navigate without worries with cookies:
• Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level for you on cookie security.
• If you do not mind cookies and are the only person using your computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal 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 of accessing sites that place cookies and deleting any visitor information at the end of the browsing session.
• Install and constantly update anti-spyware applications.
Many of the applications for detecting and preventing spyware include detecting attacks on sites. 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 with the latest version.
Many of the cookies-based attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older browser versions.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and greatest websites on the Internet – local or international. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can browse with confidence on the Internet.
How do I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make some sites unfeasible or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will not receive / see online advertising anymore.
The browser setting is possible for these cookies to no longer be supported, 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 your browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu.
To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s “help” option for more details.
- Cookie Settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie Settings in Firefox
- Cookie Settings in Chrome
- Cookie Settings in Safari