The information presented below is intended to inform the user of more details about the placement, use and administration of the “cookies” used by the sibiutourguide.ro website. There are also some useful links related to this topic.
The www.arthotel.ro website uses its own and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to each individual’s needs and interests.
1. What is a “cookie”?
An “Internet Cookie” (term also known as “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “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.
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of the existence 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.
The cookie is installed through the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg: Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user’s hard drive).
Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
2. What are the advantages of cookies?
A cookie contains information that connects a web browser (the user) and a specific web server (the website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly.
Cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of the multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
• Customizing some settings such as: the language in which the website content is viewed, keeping the options for various products (measurements, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and memorizing these options) – thus generating the flexibility of the “shopping cart” ( accessing old preferences by accessing the “forward” and “back” button);
• 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;
• Cookies provide site owners with valuable information on how their sites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible to users;
3. What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
The cookie stores important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (eg: language settings in which a website is accessed; keeping a user logged in to the webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).
4. Why are cookies important to the Internet?
Cookies are central to 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 may make some sites unusable.
Rejecting or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted by your browsing behavior.
5. What cookies do we use?
We use two types of cookies: per session and persistent.
• Cookies called “temporary” allow websites to record your actions during a browsing session on the website. These so-called “temporary” cookies disappear at the end of the browsing session, so they are not stored for a longer period of time.
• So-called “permanent” cookies are stored on your computer between browsing sessions and help keep track of your preferences or actions on a site (or, in some cases, across sites). These “permanent” cookies can be used for various purposes, especially to preserve your preferences and choices when you visit a site.
Also, cookies can be classified into the following categories: “Internet cookies” – which come from the site you are visiting – and “third-party cookies” – which come from a site separate from the that you are visiting.
6. How are cookies used by this site? A visit to this website may place the following cookies:
• Website performance cookies;
• Visitor analysis cookies;
• Cookies for geotargetting;
• Registration cookies;
• Cookies for advertising;
• Advertising provider cookies.
7. Do cookies contain personal data?
8. Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies.
Here are some tips that can ensure you surf without worries but with the help of cookies:
Customize your browser cookie settings to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
If you share computer access, 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 visit information of closing the browsing session.
If you don’t mind cookies and you’re the only one using the computer, you can set long expiration periods for storing your browsing history and all personal access data.
Always install and update antispyware applications.
Many spyware detection and prevention applications include detection of site attacks. Thus, it prevents the browser from accessing websites that might exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.
Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many of the cookie-based attacks are carried out by exploiting the weak points of old versions of browsers.
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.
All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
You can control cookies through the browser settings of the device you use to access the site. Although most browsers are set by default to accept the installation of cookies, you can choose, if you wish, to accept all cookies, to reject them systematically or to select only those that you accept depending on the issuer. You can also set your browser to accept or reject, on a case-by-case basis, cookies before they are installed. You can also periodically delete cookies from your device through your browser.
To manage cookies and make personal choices, you must know that the configuration is different for each browser. This is described in the browser menu, which will allow you to find out how to change your cookie preferences.
To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the “help” option of your browser for more details:
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
For the settings of cookies generated by third parties, you can also consult the website:
9. Security and Privacy Issues
Cookies are not viruses. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated to other networks to run or replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain site.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and across multiple sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly mark cookies for deletion during anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.
Other security aspects related to cookies:
Since identity protection is very valuable and is 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 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 (eg 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 over unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain websites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most suitable method of personal information protection.
10. 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
For more details related to privacy issues, you can also access: www.dreptonline.ro