Cookie policy

1. Cookies policy

This policy refers to cookies and web pages operated by Andreea Amzu. If you need more information, which is not found below, you can contact us at andreea.laura.parlafes@gmail

2. What are Cookies?

The cookie is a small file consisting of letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment of a user from which the Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed through the request issued by a web server to a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software programs, viruses, or Spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).

There are 2 large categories of cookies:

• Session cookies are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie file so that it remembers them until the user leaves the respective website or closes the browser window (e.g., when logging in/out on a webmail account or on social networks).
• Persistent Cookies – These are stored on a computer’s or equipment’s hard drive (generally depending on the cookie’s lifetime). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at the time – known as “third party cookies” – which can be used anonymously to remember a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered.

3. What are Cookies used for?

These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and present the content in a relevant way, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies are used to prepare aggregate anonymous statistics that help us understand how users benefit from our web pages. This allows us to improve their structure and content, excluding the user’s personal identification.

4. What cookies do we use?

We use two types of Cookies: per session and fixed. The latter are temporary files that remain in the user’s terminal until the session’s end or the application’s closing (web browser). The fixed files remain on the user’s terminal for a period in the Cookie parameters or until they are manually deleted by the user.

5. How are cookies used by this site?

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

  • Website performance cookies
  • Visitor analysis cookies
  • Cookies for geotargeting
  • Registration cookies
  • Cookies for advertising
  • Advertising provider cookies

 

6. Do Cookies contain personal data?

Cookies do not require the personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users. The personal data collected through Cookies can only be collected to facilitate certain functionalities for the user. Such data are encrypted, making it impossible for unauthorized persons to access them.

7. Deleting Cookies

An application to access web pages generally allows cookies to be saved on the terminal by default. These settings can be changed so that the web browser blocks the automatic administration of Cookies, or the user is informed every time Cookies are sent to his terminal. Limiting the use of Cookies may affect certain functionalities of the web page. Detailed information about the possibilities and ways of managing Cookies can be found in the settings area of ​​the application (web browser).

8. Why are cookies essential to the Internet?

Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Rejecting or disabling cookies can make some sites impossible to use because the text and images are no longer visible according to the basic design of the page.
Rejecting or deactivating 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 the authentication of a user through an account):

  • Content and services adapted to user preferences – categories of products and services.
  • Offers adapted to the interests of users – retention of passwords.
  • Retention of child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
  • Limiting the frequency of advertising broadcasts – restrict the number of times an advertisement is displayed for a particular user on a site.
  • Providing more relevant advertising to 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 arrives at a website (e.g., through search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the sites for the benefit of the users.

9. Security and privacy issues

Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code, so they cannot be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for harmful purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a specific site and 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.

Browsers generally have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security aspects related to cookies:
Since identity protection is precious 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 between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during 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 WiFi network).

Other cookie-based attacks involve missetting cookies 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. The attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to specific websites. It is imperative to be careful in choosing the most suitable method of personal information protection.

10. Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies.

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited and largest sites use cookies, they are almost unavoidable. Deactivating cookies will not allow users access to the most widespread and used sites, including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo, and others.
Here are some tips that can ensure that you browse without worries, but with the help of cookies:

Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.

If you don’t mind cookies and are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing browsing history and personal access data.

If you share access to the computer, you may consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is an option to access the sites that place cookies and to delete any visitor information at the end of the browsing session.

Install and constantly update your anti-spyware applications.

Many spyware detection and prevention applications include the detection of attacks on websites. Thus, it prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit the browser’s vulnerabilities or download harmful software.
Make sure your browser is constantly updated.
Many attacks based on cookies are carried out by exploiting the weak points of the old versions of the browsers.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and most extensive 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 to surf the Internet confidently.
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, rejecting cookies does not mean you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set 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.

11. Useful links

If you want to find out more information about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies