The information presented below aims to bring to the attention of the visitor / user more details about the placement, use and administration of “cookies” used by the site inovalabel.ro. There are also some useful links on this topic.
The role of a cookie
In what we call “web 2.0”, “cookies” play an important role in facilitating access to and delivery of multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
Customize certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or tariffs are expressed, the retention of options for various products (measures, other details, etc.), the authentication of users to the server authenticated and will allow specific actions to the authenticated ones), settings that the user has made specifically.
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible to users.
- Cookies allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience.
- Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a cookie?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply a “cookie”) is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from whom the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed by the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the hard drive- the user).
Cookies are used by almost all websites and do not harm your system.
The composition of a cookie
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the lifespan of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that web server.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
Categories of cookies
There are 2 main categories of cookies:
Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser for the user to store them until the user leaves the respective web-site or closes the browser window (eg when logging in to an account web mail or social networks).
Persistent cookies– They are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depend on the default lifetime for the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as “third party cookies” (cookies placed by third parties and not by the website owner). respectively) – which can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests, so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered. Third-party providers must also comply with the law in force and the privacy policies of the site owner.
Cookies can also be classified as follows:
strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are essential to allow you to use the site effectively, such as when you buy a product and / or service and therefore cannot be stopped. Without these cookies, the services available on our site cannot be provided. These cookies do not collect information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you were on the internet.
preference cookies – Preferred cookies allow a site to remember information that changes according to how the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or region.
performance cookies and statistics – these cookies allow our site to understand how visitors interact with the sites by collecting and reporting information anonymously, they allow us to monitor and improve the performance of our site.
marketing cookies – these cookies are used to track users from one site to another and display relevant and engaging ads for individual users.
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the focal point of the efficient operation of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some sites impossible to use.
Rejecting 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 browsing behavior.
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 authored. As a result, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies may be used for negative purposes. Because it stores 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 built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other aspects related to the security of cookies
In addition to the above, due to the fact that identity protection is very important and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create.
Due to the fact that 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.
Here are some guidelines (which you can ignore if you don’t find them useful) that can ensure that you browse without worries, but using cookies:
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you;
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data;
- If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your 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;
- Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many cookie-based attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
Possibility and how to stop (to stop) “cookies”
We warn you in advance that disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing 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 or you can use the browser’s “help / help” option for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955 )
Cookie settings in Chrome (http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647)
Cookie settings in Safari (http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042 )
For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit the website:
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide (http://www.microsoft.com/info/cookies.mspx )
All About Cookies (http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ )
IAB Romania Association provides the following site to provide more information on privacy related to online advertising:
We wish you pleasant and safe navigation!