Cookie Policy

The following information is presented for the purpose of informing the user regardingthe use of “cookies” on our website or on the websites of our partners.
This website uses own cookies and third party cookies to provide the visitors with a better surfing experience and services adapted to the needs and interests of any person.  
In what we call “web 2.0”, “cookies” play an important role in facilitation of access and delivery of services that the user enjoys on the internet, such as the customization of certain settings such as: the language in which a website is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or fees are expressed, the keeping of options for various products (measures, other details etc) in the shopping basket (and memorization of these options) – thus generating the flexibility of   “the shopping basket” (accessing old preferences by pressing the button „forward” and „back”).
Cookies offer the website holders a valuable feedback of the way in which their websites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible for users. They allow the multimedia applications or another type of applications on other websites to be included in a certain website to create a more valuable, useful and pleasant surfing experience;
they improve the efficiency of online advertising.What is a “cookie”? An “Internet Cookie” (known as “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or just “cookie” ) is a file of small sizes, made of letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user by which Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed by the request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the hard drive of the user). A cookie is made of 2 parts: name and content or cookie value. Moreover, the lifecycle of a cookie is definite; technically only the webserver which sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated to that webserver.
Cookies themselves do not request personal information in order to be used and do not identify personally the Internet users.   There are 2 large categories of Cookies:

Session cookies – are stored temporarily in the cookie file of the web browser so that it can memorize them until the user gets out of the website or closes the browser window (e.g. at log-in/log off from a webmail account or social media).
Persistent cookies – are stored on the hard-drive of a computer or piece of equipment (and in general it depends on the pre-established lifecycle for cookie). Persistent cookies include those placed by another website than the website the user is visiting – known as “third party cookies” (cookies placed by third parties) – which can be used anonymously to memorize the interests of a user, so that as relevant advertising as possible can be delivered to the users.
What are the advantages of cookies? A cookie contains information which makes the connection between a web-browser (user) and a certain web-server (website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly.   Cookies assure the users a pleasant surfing experience and support the efforts of many websites to offer comfortable services to users: e.g. – preferences in matter of online privacy, options regarding the website language, shopping baskets or relevant advertising.
What is the lifecycle of a cookie? Cookies are administered by webservers. The lifecycle of a    cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are not retained by the user who left the website and some cookies are retained and reused every time the user returns to that website (“permanent cookies”). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time by the browser settings.

What are the cookies placed by third parties? Certain content sections on some websites can be provided by third parties/suppliers (e.g.: news box, a video or a commercial). These third parties can also place cookies by website and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the website owner. The third party suppliers have to observe the law in force and the privacy policies of the website owner.
How are cookies used by this website?
A visit on this website can place cookies for purposes of:
– website performance cookies
– visit analysis cookies
– Cookies for geotargetting
– Cookies for registration
– Cookies for advertising
– Cookies of advertising providers

Performance cookies 

This type of cookie retains the preferences of the user on this website so that they do not need to be set up at each website visit. Example: the settings of volume for video player, the video streaming speed with which the browser is compatible

Cookies for analysis of visitors   
Every time a user visits this website, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this website so far. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows the monitoring of unique users who visit us and how often they do. As long as you are not registered on this website, this cookie cannot be used to identify natural persons, they are used only for statistical purposes.

Cookies for geotargetting
These cookies are used by software which establishes from what country you come from. It is completely anonymous and is used only to target the content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or in another language you receive the same commercial.
Cookies for registration  
When you sign up on this website, we generate a cookie which announces if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account you are registered in and if you have permission for a certain service. It also allows us to associate any comment you post on our website with your username. If you did not select “keep me logged-in”, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close the browser or the computer.

Cookies for advertising  
These cookies allows us to learn if you viewed or not an online commercial, what its type is and how much time passed since you saw the advertising message. These cookies are used also to target the online advertising. We can also use cookies which belong to third parties for a better targeting of advertising, to show for instance, commercials about holidays, if the user has recently visited an article on a website about holidays. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the content viewed, not about users. We also set up anonymous cookies by other websites on which we have advertising. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor of that website if you later visit our website, we can deliver the advertising based on this piece of information.
Cookies of advertising providers  
A large part of the advertising you find on this website belongs to third parties. Some of these Parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyse how many persons are exposed to an advertising message or to see how many persons were exposed several times to the same commercial. The companies which generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this website does not have access to read or write these cookies. The cookies of those third parties can be used to show you advertising on other websites, based on your surfing on this website.
Other cookies of third parties  
On some webpages, third parties can set up their own anonymous cookies, for the purpose of following the success of an application or to customize an application.  Because of the method of use, this website cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies which are held by this website. For example, when you distribute an article by using the button for social media which is on this website, that social media will record your activity.
What type of information is stored and accessed by cookies? Cookies keep information in a text file of small sizes which allows a website to recognize a browser. The Web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. A Cookie stores important information which improves the surfing experience on the Internet (e.g.: the settings of the language in which you want to access a website; the keeping of a user logged-in in the webmail account; online banking security; storage of products in the shopping basket).
Why are cookies important for Internet? Cookies represent the key point of efficient functioning of the Internet, help to generate a friendly surfing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. The refusal or deactivation of cookies can make certain websites impossible to use. The refusal or deactivation of cookies does not mean that you will not receive any more online advertising, but that the online advertising will not take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted by the surfing behaviour. Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentication of a user by an account): content and services adjusted to the preferences of user – categories of news, weather, sport, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment websites and travel services. The offers adapted to the users’ interests – retention of passwords, language preferences (e.g. display of search results in Romanian). Retention of protection filters of copies regarding the content on Internet (family mode options, safe search functions). Limitation of dissemination frequency of ads – limitation o number of impressions of an ad for a certain user on a website. The provision of more relevant advertising for the user. Measurement, optimization and characteristics of analytics – such as confirmation of a certain traffic level on a website, what type of content is viewed and the way in which a user arrives on a website (e.g. by search engines, directly, from other websites etc). Websites perform these analyses of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of users.
Security and confidentiality issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not composed of pieces of code so they cannot be executed and cannot self-run. Therefore, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot fulfil these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. Cookies can be used though for negative purposes. Because they store information about the preferences and surfing history of the users, both on a certain website and on more websites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of it and constantly mark cookies to be deleted in the anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures. In general browsers have integrated confidentiality settings which provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, the validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain website. Other security issues related to cookies: Because the protection of identity is very valuable and represents the right of each Internet user, it is recommended that you know what possible problems cookies can create. Because cookies transmit constantly in both directions information between a browser and a website, if a hacker or non-authorized person intervenes during the process of data transmission, the information contained by cookie can be intercepted. Although very rarely, this can happen if the browser connects to server by using a non-encrypted network (e.g.: a non-secured WiFi network). Other attacks based on cookie involve wrong settings of cookies on servers. If a website does not request the browser to use only encrypted channels, the hackers can use this vulnerability to fool browsers in sending information through non-secured channels. Hackers use the information for purposes of accessing without authorization certain websites. It is important that you are very careful in choosing the most suitable method for protection of personal information. Advice for a safe and responsible surfing based on cookies. Due to their flexibility and because most of the most frequently visited and largest websites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. The deactivation of cookies will not allow the access of user on the most widespread and used websites such as YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

Advice which can assure you that you surf carefree, but with cookies

Customize the settings of your browser regarding cookies in order to reflect a comfortable level for you of security in the use of cookies. If you are not disturbed by cookies and you are the only person who uses your computer, you can set up long expiry deadlines for the storage of surfing history and personal data of access. If you share the access to your computer, you can take into account the setting up of browser to delete the individual surfing data every time you close the browser. This is a variant of accessing websites which place cookies and deleting any visit information at the closure of surfing session. Install and update constantly antispyware applications. Many applications which detect and prevent spyware include the detection of attacks on websites. Thus, they prevent the browser from accessing websites which could exploit the vulnerabilities of the browser or download dangerous software. Make sure that you have always updated browser. Many attacks based on cookies are done 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 their mode of operation and benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can confidently surf the Internet.
How can you stop cookies? The deactivation and refusal to receive cookies can make certain websites impossible or difficult to visit and use. Also, the refusal to accept cookies does not mean that you will not receive/see online advertising. It is possible to set up the browser so that these cookies cannot be accepted or you can set up your browser to accept cookies only from a certain website. But if for instance, you are not registered as using cookies, you cannot leave comments. All modern browsers offer the possibility to change the settings of cookies.  These settings are usually found in “options” or in the ”preferences” menu of your browser.