About cookies, what they are and how they work

The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use, and administration of cookies used by this site.

Please read carefully the following information:

This site uses cookies as well as cookies added by third parties to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of each.

Cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

Customize certain settings such as the language in which the site, date and time are viewed, preserving options / settings (including storing them) and preserving older preferences by accessing the various buttons / functions.

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

Allow multimedia or other applications on other sites to be embedded / embedded on certain pages to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable browsing experience.


What is a cookie?

An "Internet Cookie" (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 accessing the Internet.

The cookie is sent through a request from the web server on which the site is hosted to the user's browser (Ex: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) and is completely "passive" in the sense that does not contain software, viruses or spyware, nor can it 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 that is uniquely associated with the domain on which the site that hosted it was sent to the user's browser. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is determined and only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again, and only when the user returns to the site associated with the respective webserver.

Cookies do not require personal information to be used and can not personally identify Internet users.

There are two main categories of cookies:

Session cookies - they are temporarily stored in the web browser's cookie folder until the user leaves the site or closes the browser window.

Persistent cookies - these are stored in your computer or hard-ware for a longer period of time and are still stored after you leave the site or after you close your web browser (and generally depend on the default cookie lifetime).

Persistent cookies also include those placed on a site 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 as possible to the user.

The advantages of cookies

A cookie contains information that links a browser (user) and a specific web-server (site). 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 websites to provide comfortable user-friendly services. Examples - online privacy preferences, site language options, relevant advertising, etc.

The life of a cookie

Cookies are managed by web servers. A cookie's life may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used only in one session ("session cookies") and are not retained after the user leaves the site and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that site (" permanent cookies ").
However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time through browser settings.

Cookies placed by third parties

Certain sections of content on some websites may be provided through third parties / providers (eg news box, a YouTube video or a commercial). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called "third party cookies" because they are not placed on that website. Third-party vendors must also comply with the applicable law and privacy policies of the website owner.

Use of cookies by this website

The visit to this website may place cookies for purposes of:

  • Performance cookies
  • Visitor analysis cookies
  • Registration or authentication cookies
  • Third party cookies

Performance cookies

This type of cookie retains the user's preferences on this website, so they no longer need to be set on every site visit. Ex: Volume settings for video player.

Visitor analysis cookiesr

Every time a user visits this site, analytics provided by a third party generates a cookie for user counting. This cookie tells us if you've visited this website before. The browser tells if this cookie exists, and if not, one is generated. This allows monitoring of unique users who visit the website and how often they do it.
This cookie can not be used to identify individuals, they are used for statistical purposes only.

Registration or authentication cookies

When you sign up or log in on this website, a cookie is generated that tells us if you are registered or not. Our server uses these cookies to identify the account with which you are registered and whether you have the necessary permissions for a particular service or for access to certain sections of the website. It also allows you to associate the comments you post on the site with your account username. If you did not select the "keep me logged in" option, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser or computer.

Third party cookies

On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an ad / app or customize an app. Due to the use of this site, this site can not access these cookies, just as third parties can not access the cookies owned by this site. For example, when you share an article using the social network buttons on this site, the social network will record your action.

Third-party online advertising. Some of them use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people viewed an ad, or to see how many people viewed the same ad multiple times. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this website does not have access to these cookies. Third-party cookies are used to show you targeted advertising on other sites, relying on your surfing on this site.

The type of information 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 enhances your Internet browsing experience. Ex: language settings to access a site, keeping a user logged in to your membership account or mail account, online security, storing and saving settings, etc.

The Importance of Cookies for the Internet

Cookies are the focus of the Internet's efficient operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience, tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Denying or disabling cookies can make some websites unusable.

Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising anymore, but it will not 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 government services, entertainment sites and travel services.

Offers tailored to the interests of users - password retention, language preferences (eg displaying search results in Romanian).

Retain child copy 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 relevant advertising for the user.

Measurement, optimization, and analytics features - such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a site, what kind of content is viewed more, and how a user reaches the site (eg, search engines directly from other websites, etc.). Websites run these analyzes of their use to improve for the benefit of the user.

Security and confidentiality issues

Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use a plain text format. They are not made up of pieces of code, so they can not be executed and can not auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Since they can not perform these functions, they can not be considered viruses.

Cookies can nevertheless be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about user preferences and browsing history, both on a particular website and on multiple websites, 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 important and is the right of every Internet user, it is important to know what are the possible issues that may arise in connection with cookies. Because they transmit constant information in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person interferes with the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (Ex: an unsecured Wi-Fi network). Other cookie-based attacks involve incorrect cookie settings on the servers.

If a website does not require the browser to use encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers to send information through insecure channels. Attackers then use the information to access unauthorized 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 and largest sites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user to access the most popular and used websites, including: YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo, Google, and more.

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

Customize your browser settings for cookies to establish a comfortable level of security.

If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set long expiration dates to store 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, it is the option to access sites that place cookies and delete any visitor information when you close the session navigation.

Install and constantly update your antispyware applications. Many of the applications for detecting and preventing spyware include detecting attacks on sites. This prevents your browser from accessing sites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.

Make sure your browser is always updated (updated). Most of the cookies-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 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 surf the Internet with confidence.

Disabling 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 you will not receive or 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 only from a particular website. 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 or you can use the browser's "Help" option for more details.