Policy on cookie usage

This website uses cookies (both own and third parties) to provide visitors with an enhanced navigation experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of each visitor. Cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

The necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Preferable cookies allow a website to store information that changes how the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or viewed products.

Statistics cookies help website owners understand how visitors interact with the site by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors to websites. The intent is to display individual user-relevant ads and therefore more valuable to publishers and third-party advertising agencies.

Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users so they can make them even more effective and more accessible to users.

What is a cookie?

A "Cookie Internet" (also known as "browser cookie" 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 on which the Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed by a web-server through a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the user's hard drive).

A cookie consists of two parts: the name and the content or the value of the cookie. 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 that web-server.

Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.

There are 2 large categories of cookies:

  • Session cookies - they are temporarily stored in the web browser's cookie folder to save them until the user exits the web site or closes the browser window (for example, when authenticating on a webmail account or on social networks).
  • Persistent cookies - these are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the cookie's expiration date). Persistent cookies 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 memorize the interests of a user, so that advertising is delivered as relevant as possible to the users.

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 react accordingly.

Cookies provide users with a good browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services: ex - online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.

What is the lifetime of a cookie?

Cookies are managed by browsers. 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 not retained once the user has left the website, and other cookies are retained and reused whenever the user returns to that site ('permanent cookie'). 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 parties / suppliers (eg news box, 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 the site's privacy policies.

How cookies are used by this site

A visit to this site may place various cookies for the following purposes:

      • Visitor analysis cookies

      • Required cookies

      • Advertiser cookies

These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google Analytics, Facebook

Cookies for Visitor Analysis

Whenever a user visits this site, when giving consent for usage of statistics cookies, analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this 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.

As long as you are not registered on this site, this cookie can not be used to identify individuals, they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are registered, we may also know the details you have provided us, such as your e-mail address and username - subject to the privacy policy and provisions of the Terms and Conditions , the Privacy Policy and the legislation force with regard to the protection of personal data.

Cookies required

When you sign up for 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 comments you post on our site with your username. If you did not select "keep me registered," this cookie will automatically be deleted when you close your browser or computer.

Other cookies of third parties

On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Because of its use, this site can not access these cookies, just as third parties can not access cookies owned by this site. For example, when you share an article using the social network button on this site, that social network will record your activity.

What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?

Cookies keep information in a small text file that allows a website to recognize a browser. The webserver will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.

The cookie stores important information that enhances the Internet browsing experience (eg setting up the language of a site, keeping a user logged in to his webmail account, online banking security, keeping your products in your shopping cart).

Why are Internet Cookies Important?

Cookies are the central focus of the efficient Internet, 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 unusable. Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising - just 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 the user preferences - news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.

      • Offers tailored to users' interests - retaining passwords, language preferences (eg displaying English search results).

      • Retain 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.

      • 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 search engines, directly from other websites etc.). Websites run these analyzes of their use to improve them for the benefit of 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 can not be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate themselves on other networks. Because they can not perform these functions, they can not be considered viruses. Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about user 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.

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 problems can be created by cookies. Because they are used to transmit constant information in both ways, between the browser and the website, if an attacker or an 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 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 browsers in sending information via unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information for the purpose 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.

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited sites and the biggest ones use cookies, they are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user to access the most popular and used sites, including Youtube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

Here are a few tips that can help you navigate without worries with cookies:

      • Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level for your cookie security.

      • If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal access data.

      • If you share access to your computer, you can consider the browser setting to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access sites that place cookies and delete any business information when you close your browsing session.

      • Install and keep up-to-date an antispyware application. Many of the applications for detection and prevention of spyware include the detection of attacks on sites. This prevents your 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 cookies attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers. Cookies are everywhere and can not 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.

We use the services of the following third parties to provide functionality, analysis and advertising. 
For more details, see the data protection policies and user preference management guides and deactivation options offered by the companies that manage these services, as appropriate.
 
Google Analytics
Category: Statistics
Scope: Web Analytics 
Policies: https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.htmlhttps://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
 

How do I stop cookies?

Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make some sites unusable or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will not get / see online advertising anymore.

It is possible to set up the browser so that these cookies are no longer 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

For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/ where you can find more information about privacy related to online advertising.

We have made every effort to ensure that we have made accurate information about how cookies are used and how important they are in the functionality of our site. If you use a browser other than the ones mentioned in this article, or if you want additional information then please contact us.

 

Date of last update: June 4, 2018

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