The following information is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of "cookies" that are used on our site

Please read carefully the following information:

This website uses its own cookies as well as third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests.

In what we call “modern web” or “web 2.0”, cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

Customizing certain settings such as: The language in which the site is viewed, the date and time, keeping options/settings (including storing them), and keeping older preferences by accessing different buttons/functions.

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

Allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included (embedded) in 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, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on a user’s computer, mobile terminal or other equipment from which the Internet is accessed.

The cookie is sent by a request issued by the web server on which the site is hosted to the user's browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) and is completely "passive" in the sense that it does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and 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 that is uniquely associated with the domain on which the site that sent it to the user's browser is hosted (ex: Furthermore, 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 website associated with that webserver.

Cookies do not require personal information to be used, nor can they personally identify Internet users.

There are two main categories of cookies:

Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser until the user leaves the respective site or closes the browser window.

Persistent cookies – these are stored on your computer or hard drive equipment for a longer period and remain stored even after leaving the website or after closing the web browser (and generally depend on the default cookie lifetime).

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 remember a user’s interests, so that advertising is delivered as relevant to the user as possible.

Advantages of cookies

A cookie contains information that links a browser (the user) to a specific web server (the site). 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 websites to provide comfortable services to users. Examples – online privacy preferences, website language options or relevant advertising, etc.

Cookie's lifespan

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 exclusively for 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 (“persistent cookies”).

However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time via the browser settings.

Third party cookies

Certain sections of content on some websites may be provided through third parties/providers (e.g.: news box, a YouTube video or an 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 respective website. Third-party providers must also comply with the applicable law and privacy policies of the website owner.

Use of cookies by

Your visit to this website may place cookies for the purposes of:

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

This type of cookie remembers the user’s preferences on this website, so there is no need to set them every time you visit the site. Ex: Volume settings for video player.

Visitor analysis cookies

Each time a user visits this website, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a cookie for the user’s count. This cookie tells us if you have visited this website before. The browser tells you if this cookie exists, and if not, one is generated. This allows you to monitor the unique users who visit the website and how often they do so.

This cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, they are used for statistical purposes only.

Cookies for registration or authentication

When you register or log in to this website, a cookie is generated to let us know 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 have not selected 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 may set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an advertisement/application or to customize an application. Due to the way in which this site is used, this site cannot access these cookies, nor can third parties access the cookies held by this site. Ex: When you share an article using the social media buttons on this site, the social network will record your action.

Online advertising belonging to third parties. Some of them use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have viewed an ad, or to see how many people have viewed the same ad several 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 websites, based on your browsing 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 improves the browsing experience on the Internet. Ex: Settings regarding the language in which you want to access a site, keeping a user logged in to your member account or email account, online security, keeping and storing some settings, etc.

The importance of cookies for the Internet

Cookies are the central point of the efficient operation of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience, adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies may make some websites impossible to use.

Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising, but only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests highlighted by navigation behavior.

Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require authentication of a user via an account):

Content and services tailored to user preferences – news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.

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

Retaining child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).

Limiting the frequency of advertising – limiting the number of impressions of an advertisement for a particular user on a site.

Providing relevant advertising to the user.

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

Security and privacy issues

Cookies are NOT viruses! They use a plain text format. They are not made up of pieces of code, so they cannot be executed, nor can they self-run. 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.

However, cookies can be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ 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 fact and constantly mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scan procedures.

In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, shelf life and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

Other security aspects related to cookies

Given that identity protection is very important and represents the right of each internet user, it is advisable to know what are possible problems that may arise in relation to cookies. Since information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes in the data transmission process, 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 (Ex: An unsecured Wi-Fi network). Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong cookie settings on servers.

If a website does not require the browser to use 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 in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.

Tips for safe and responsible navigation based on cookies

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 access to the most popular and used websites, including: YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo, Google and more.

Some tips that can ensure you navigate without worry 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 times for storing 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 visiting information when you close your browsing session.

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

Make sure your browser is always up to date. Most of the attacks based on cookies are carried out by exploiting the weaknesses of old versions of browsers.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot 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 operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can browse 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 that you will no longer receive or see online advertising.

It is possible to set your browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted, or you can set your browser to accept cookies only from a specific website. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to change the cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “Options” or “Preferences” menu of your browser. Or you can use the browser’s “Help” option for more details.

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