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What is a “cookie”?
An “ Internet Cookie” (also called “cookie browser” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “ cookie”) is a file with small pieces of data, consisting of letters and numbers, that is stored on your computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from which the internets is accessed.
The cookie is installed by request issued by a web server to a browser (eg: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and it’s completely “passive” (doesn’t contain software, viruses or spyware and it cannot access the information on the hard-drive of the user.
A cookie consists of 2 part: name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is determined. Technically, only the web server which sent the cookie can access it again when the user returns on the website linked to that webserver.
Cookies themselves do not request personal information in order to be used and in most of the cases, do not personally identify internet users.
- There are 2 major categories of cookies:
-Session Cookies – these are temporarily stored in cookies folder of the web browser o that can be memorized until the user leaves the website or closes the window of the browser (eg: when logging moment / logging out to a webmail account or on social networks)
- Persistent cookie – these are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depend on the default lifetime of a cookie). Persistent cookies include also the ones placed by a different website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as “third party cookies” cookies placed by third parties) – which can be used anonymously for memorizing the user’s interests , so that the most relevant advertising is delivered to the users.
What are the advantages of the cookies?
One cookie contains information that links the web browser (user) to a certain web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly.
Cookies provide users a pleasant experience and support efforts of many websites to offer comfortable services to users: eg. Online confidentiality preferences, site language options or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime duration of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by webservers. The lifetime duration of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are exclusively used for a single session (session cookies) and they are no longer retained once the user leaves the website and some cookies are retained and reused every time the user returns on that website (“persistent cookie”). However, the cookies can be deleted by a any time through the browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third parties?
Some content sections from some websites can be provided through third parties/ provider ( eg. News box, a video or an advertising). These third parties can also place cookies through the website and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the website. The thirdparty providers must comply with the applicable law and the privacy policies of the website owner.
How cookies are used by this website:
A visit on this website may place cookies for the following purposes:
|Sitecore Analytics||SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE||This cookie is used to identify individually the repeatead visits of the same visitor. It expire over a certain time and it is not set again unless the user changes the cookie setting.|
|Sitecore Analytics||SC_ANALYTICS_SESSION_COOKIE||This cookie is used to track the traffic information for a single user. This cookie is deleted when the website is closed.|
|Session / persistent||Facebook Cookies||Login– this cookie is used to identify the connection moment to Facebook, such that the user receives relevant information but also information regarding the social network when visiting other websites. The security and integrity of the website – these contribute to the account protection, so that it is not accessed by someone else except the user. Cookies and similar technologies help Facebook to find out when multiple people log in fron the same computer. Localization – Facebook stores information in a cookie which is placed in the browser or on your device, so that you can see the website in your preferred language. To find out more information about the types of cookies that Facebook uses, but also how they work, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/|
|Session / persistent||Youtube Cookies||The website may allow the user to watch public information videos throughout the Youtube channel or thorough high degree of privacy modules (privacy – enhanced). It can install cookies (session or persistent) on your computer when you want to play the video. More information on: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/171780?hl=ro-RO.|
|Session||PEPSESSID||This session cookie that is deleted when the browser is closed, saves navigation information, page id and important information and variables for the operation of the website.|
|Temporary, minimum 24 months||_ga||This cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics – is an important update to Google’s well-known analytics service. This cookie is used to identify the unique users based on their association with randomly generated numbers as a customer identifier. It is included in every page request in a website and it is used to find out visitor data, sessions and campaigns for the website analytics report. It is initially set to expire after 2 years, although it can be customized by the owner of the website.|
|Temporary, 10 minutes||_gat||This cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to the documentation it is used to speed up the request rate – limiting the collection of data for high traffic sites. Expires after 10 minutes.|
|Session||Optimizely||This is a session cookie and it’s necessary to better understand how our site is used. The Optimizely service allows us to use web analytics services or testing methods with multiple variants, so that we can offer services as close as possible to the wishes of our users. Through this service, our site identifies the type of browser used by visitors and monitors the traffic generated by partner sites.|
What kind of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies store 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 improves the Internet browsing experience (eg: the settings of the language in which you want to access a website; keeping a user logged in to the webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart, etc.).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some sites 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 your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require user authentication through an account):
- Content and services tailored to user preferences – news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment websites and travel services.
- Offers adapted to users’ interests – password retention, language preferences (eg displaying search results in Romanian).
- Retention of 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 certain user on a site.
– Providing more relevant advertising for 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 gets to a website (eg through search engines, directly, from other websites etc). Websites conduct these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of users.
– Security and privacy issues
Cookies are not viruses! They use plaint text formats. They are not made up of parts of code so they cannot be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies may, however, be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ 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 constantly mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus / anti-spyware deletion / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security issues related to cookies
Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, the information contained in the cookie may be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve incorrect cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of personal information protection.
Tips for a safe and responsible browsing, based on cookies.
- Here are some tips that can ensure that you browse without worries but with the help of cookies:
– If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person who uses the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
– If you share access to the computer, you can consider setting the browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is a way to access the sites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
– Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection.
This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software. Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many of the cookie-based attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and biggest sites 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 surf the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, the refusal to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / see online advertising.
It is possible to set in the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a specific 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 the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
- To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s “help” option for more details.
For the settings of cookies generated by third parties, you can also consult the following website where you can find more information regarding the privacy related to online advertising: www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/