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The personalization of certain services, such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency used to express certain prices or rates, retaining options for various products (sizes, other details etc) in the shopping cart (and memorizing these options) – generating the flexibility of the "shopping cart" (access to old preferences through the buttons ‘’forward’’ and “back’’), posting comments on the website, as well as facilitating access for a client to their account.
Cookies offer website owners valuable feedback about the way users utilize their websites, so that these can be made even more efficient and accessible for these users. They allow multimedia and other types of applications from other sites to be included on a given website to create a navigational experience that is more valuable, more useful and more pleasant. They also improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a "cookie"?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie” ) is a file of small size, formed from letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user who accesses the Internet.
Cookies are installed through a request emitted by a web-server towards a browser (ex: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and are completely "passive” (do not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on a user's hard drive).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. In addition, the duration of a cookie's existence is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again in the moment of a user's return to the website associated with said server.
Cookies in themselves do not request information of a personal nature for their use and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
There exist 2 large categories of cookies:
- Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the web browser's cookie folder so that it will memorize them until the user exits the website or closes the browser window (ex: in the moment of login/logout in a webmail account or social networks).
- Persistent or fixed cookies – these are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and in general depend of the pre-established lifespan for the cookie). Persistent cookies include those placed by another website than the one being visited by the user in a given moment – known under the name of ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to memorize the interests of a user, so as to deliver more relevant advertising to users.
What are the advantages of cookies?
A cookie contains information that makes a connection between a web-browser (the user) and a certain web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, this can read the information that has already been stored and react accordingly.
Cookies ensure for users a pleasant navigational experience and sustain the efforts of several websites to offer comfortable services to users: ex – preferences regarding online confidentiality, options regarding the site's language, shopping carts or relevant ads.
What is a cookie's lifespan?
Cookies are administered by webservers. A cookie's lifespan may vary significantly, depending the goal it is placed with. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are not retained once the user leaves the website, white other cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (‘permanent cookies‘). At the same time, cookies can be deleted by a user in any moment through a browser's settings.
What are third-party cookies?
Certain sections of content on websites may be provided through a third party/provider (ex: news box, a video or an advertisement). These third parties can also place cookies through the website, which are named “third party cookies”, as they are not placed by the owner of the website in question. Third-party providers need to respect the current laws and the confidentiality politics of the website's owner.
- Cookies for website performance
- Cookies for visitor analysis
- Cookies for geotargetting
- Cookies for registration
- Cookies for advertising
- Essential cookies
- Cookies by advertisement providers (these cookies may come from the following third parties: Google Analytics, Facebook)
This type of cookie retains the preferences of this website's users, so that there is no need to set them again on each visit to the website.
- volume settings for the video player
- the video streaming speed that the browser is compatible with
Cookies for visitor analysis
Each time a user visits this website, the analytics soft provided by a third party generates a cookie for analysis of the user. This cookie tells us whether you have visited this site before. The browser tells us whether you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. This permits the monitoring of unique users that visit us, and how often they do it.
As long as you are not registered on this website, this cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, and is used only for statistical purposes. If you are registered, we can also know the details you have provided for us, such as your email address and username – these being subject to confidentiality and the provisions of our Terms and conditions, Confidentiality politics, as well as the active legislation regarding the protection of data of a personal character.
Cookies for geotargetting
These cookies are utilized by a soft that sets your country of residence. It is completely anonymous and used only for content targeting.
Cookies for registration
When you register on this website, we generate a cookie that announces whether you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with which you are signed up, and whether you have permission for a certain service. At the same time, it permits us to associate any commentary that you post on this website with our username.
These cookies allow us to learn whether you have visualized an online ad, the type of said ad and the time that has passed since you have seen the advertising message.
Likewise, we set anonymous cookies through other websites we advertise on. As such, by viewing them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor of that website and if later you visit this site, we can deliver you advertising based on that information.
Essential cookies store data related to the current user session. This type of cookie is necessary to the site's functionality.
Other cookies by third parties
On some pages, third parties may set their own anonymous cookies, with the aim of following the success of an application, or for the customization of one. Owning to the mode of utilization, this site cannot access those cookies, the same way that third parties cannot access cookies held by this site.
For example, when you share an article using the button for social networks found on this website, that social network will register your activity.
What type of information is stored and accessed via cookies?
Cookies retain information in a text file of a small size that allows a website to recognize a browser. The webserver will recognize the browser until that cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that improves navigational experience on the Internet (ex: language settings for viewing a website; keeping a user logged into their webmail account; security of online banking; keeping products in the shopping cart, security of a website and of the data present on it).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly navigational experience that is adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. The refusal or deactivation of cookies may make certain sites impossible to use.
Refusal or deactivation of cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertisement – only that this will not be able to keep in mind your preferences and interests, which are shown through your navigational behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentification of a user through the means of an account):
- Content and services adapted to the user's preferences – categories of news, weather, sport, maps, public and government services, entertainment websites and travel services.
- Offers adapted to the users' interests – retaining passwords, language preferences (ex: displaying search results in Romanian language).
- Retaining child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
- Limiting the frequency of advertisement display – limiting the number a certain advertisement is displayed to a website's user.
- Providing more relevand advertisement for users.
- Measurement, optimization and characteristics of analytics – such as the confirmation of a certain level of a website's traffic, what kind of content is being viewed and the way that a user lands on a website (ex. through search engines, directly, from other websites etc). Websites run these types of analysis of their usage to improve the site to its users' benefit.
- Security and issues regarding confidentiality
Cookies ARE NOT viruses! They use plain text formatting. They do not consist of pieces of code, so they cannot be executed or auto-run. In consequence, they cannot be duplicated or replied to on other networks to be run or replied again. As they cannot fulfill these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
All the same, cookies can be used for negative purposes. As they store information about the preferences and navigation history of users, both on a given website and on more websites, cookies can be used as a type of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are conscious of this fact and constatly mark cookies to be deleted throughout the deletion/anti-virus/anti-spyware scan procedures.
In general browsers have built-in confidentiality settings that provide various levels of accepting cookies, periods of validity and automatic deletion after the user visits a certain website.
Other security aspects related to cookies
Since the protection of identity is very valuable and the right of every internet user, it is advised to know what kind of problems cookies may cause. Since, through their use, there is a constant information exchange in both directions between a browser an a website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the data transmission process, information that cookies contain may be intercepted. Although very rarely, this may happen if the browser connects to the internet through a non-encrypted network (ex: a non-secure WiFi network).
Other attacks based on cookies involves incorrect cookie settings on the servers. If a website does not request the browser to only use encrypted channels, attackers may use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through non-secure channels. Attackers then utilize the information with the intent of unauthorized access of certain websites. It is very important that you pay attention to choosing the method best suited to the protection of personal information.
Advice for safe and responsible navigation, based on cookies.
Below, we offer you a few tips that can ensure navigation without worry for you, using cookies:
- Customize your browser's settings regarding cookies to reflect a level you are comfortable with for the security of cookie use.
- If cookies do not bother you and you are the only user of a computer, you can set long expiration terms for storing navigation history and personal access data.
- If you share access to a computer, you may consider setting the browser to delete individual navigation data each time you close the browser. This is a variation of accessing sites that place cookies and of deleting any information at the end of a browsing session.
- Install and frequently update anti-spyware applications.
Many applications for spyware detection and prevention include detection of attacks on websites. As such, they block the browser from accessing websites that may exploit the browser's vulnerabilities or download hazardous software. Ensure that your browser is always updated. Many cookie-based attacks are done by exploiting the weak points of browsers' older versions.
Cookies are everywhere, and cannot be avoided if you wish to enjoy access to the Internet's best and biggest websites – local or international. With a clear understanding of the way they function and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can navigate the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Essential cookies are permanently active so that a site can be functional, as such, deactivating and refusing to receive certain cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Similarly, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will not see or receive online advertising. It is possible to set the browser not to accept these cookies, or you may set the browser to accept cookies from a certain website. However, for example, if you are not registered somewhere using cookies, you will be unable to leave comments.
Each modern browser offers the option to change cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the "Options" or "Preferences" menu of your browser.
To understand these settings, the following links can be useful, or you can use the "Help" menu of a browser to find out more.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari