Please read the following information carefully:
This website uses its own and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs.
In what we call “web 2.0”, “cookies” play an important role in facilitating access and delivery of multiple 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 the options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and storing these options); thus generating the flexibility of the “shopping cart” (accessing old preferences by accessing the “forward” and “back” button).
• Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their websites are used by users. Thus, they can become even 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
• Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a “cookie”?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as “cookie browser” or “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 the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome). It is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware. At the same time, it 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 duration of a cookie is technically determined, only the webserver that sent the cookie and can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver.
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 website or closes the browser window (eg when logging in / logging in to an account webmail or social media).
- Persistent Cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default cookie lifetime). Persistent cookies include those placed by a website other than the one the user visits at that time – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously. to store the interests of a user so that the most relevant advertising is delivered to the users.
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 comfortable services to users: eg – online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
How long is 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 (‘cookie- permanent hours’). 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 / suppliers. 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 providers must also comply with the law in force and the privacy policies of the site owner.
How cookies are 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
• Cookies for advertising
• Advertising providers’ cookies.
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
– streaming video speed with which the browser is compatible
Cookies for visitor analysis
Each time a user visits this site, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you’ve visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows monitoring the unique users who visit us and how often they do.
Cookies for geotargeting
These cookies are used by software that determines which country you come from. It is completely anonymous and is used only for targeting the content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or another language, receiving the same advertisement.
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 your ad.
- We also use these cookies to target online advertising. We may also use third-party cookies to better target advertising, for example, to show holiday advertisements, 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.
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 show you target advertising on other sites, based on your browsing on this site.
Other third-party cookies
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 recognizes your 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 the 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 Internet’s operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of the users. 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 – only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted 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 – categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites.
– Offers tailored to the interests of users – password retention, language preferences (Ex: displaying search results in Romanian).
– Retaining child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
– Limiting the frequency of ad serving – Limiting the number of impressions of an advertisement 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 type of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (eg through direct search engines, from other websites (etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
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. Consequently, you cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate 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.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period.
Other security aspects related to cookies:
Since identity protection is very valuable, 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 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 encrypted 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.
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 the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted. But for example, if you are not registered with 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.
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