Document informing users about the presence of cookies on the site.
The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use, and administration of “cookies” used by www.smart.org.ro
Please read carefully the following information:
This website uses its own cookies and third parties to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of everyone. In what we call “web 2.0,” cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of the many services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
Customization of certain settings such as the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or tariffs are expressed, the storage of options for different products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and the storage of these options) the flexibility of your shopping cart (accessing old preferences by clicking the ‘forward’ and ‘back’ buttons)
Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users so they can make them even more effective and more accessible to users.
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 “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on your computer, mobile or other equipment of a user on which the Internet is accessed. The cookie is installed through a web server’s browser request (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the user’s hard drive).
A cookie consists of two parts: the name and the content or the value of the cookie. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
THERE ARE 2 LARGE COOKIE CATEGORIES:
Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder to save them until the user exits the site or closes the browser window (for example, when logging in / logging out of a webmail account or on social networks).
Persistent cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (generally depending on the cookie’s default life duration). Persistent cookies include those placed on a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to memorize the interests of a user, so that advertising is delivered as relevant as possible to users.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COOKIES?
A cookie contains information linking a web browser (user) and a specific web-server (website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the already stored information and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide comfortable user services: ex – online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.
WHAT IS A COOKIE’S LIFE?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The life of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused whenever the user returns to that site (‘cookie- permanent ‘). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings.
WHAT ARE 3rd PARTY COOKIES?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties / suppliers (e.g. news box, video or advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of that website. Third-party vendors must also comply with the applicable law and the site’s privacy policies.
HOW ARE COOKIES USED BY THIS SITE
A visit to this site may place cookies for purposes of:
- Site performance cookies
- Visitor analysis cookies
- Cookies for geotargetting
- Recording cookies
- Cookies for advertising
- Advertiser cookies
These cookies may come from the following third parties: (Google, Facebook)
This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so they no longer need to be set at every site visit.
COOKIES FOR VISITORS ANALYSIS
COOKIES FOR GEOTARGETTING
These cookies are used by software that determines where you come from. It is completely anonymous and is only used to target the content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or in another language you receive the same advertisement.
REGISTRATION COOKIES When you sign up for this site, we generate a cookie that tells us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us your account and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post on our site with your username. If you did not select “keep me registered,” this cookie will automatically delete when you close your browser or computer.
COOKIES FOR ADVERTISING
These cookies allow us to find out whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what is its type, and how long it has been since you saw the ad message. These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We may also use 3rd-party cookies for better advertising targeting, for example, showing holiday ads if the user has recently visited an article on trips. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not the users. We also set up anonymous cookies through other sites that we advertise. By accepting them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that site if you later visit our site, we will be able to deliver your advertising based on this information.
COOKIES OF ADVERTISING SUPPLIERS
Much of the advertising you find on this site belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have been exposed to an ad, or to see how many people have been exposed multiple times to the same ad.
The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies and this site does not have access to read or write these cookies. Third-party cookies can be used to show your target advertising on other sites, based on your browsing on this site.
OTHER 3rd PARTY COOKIES
On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Because of its use, this site can not access these cookies, just as third parties can not access cookies owned by this site. For example, when you share an article using the social network button on this site, that social network will record your activity.
WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION IS STORED AND ACCESSED THROUGH THE COOKIES?
Cookies keep 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 enhances the Internet browsing experience (eg setting up the language of a site, keeping a user logged in to your webmail account, online banking security, keeping your products in the shopping cart).
WHY ARE COOKIES IMPORTANT FOR THE INTERNET?
Cookies are the central focus of the efficient Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Denying or disabling cookies can make some sites unusable.
Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising anymore – but that it will no longer be able to keep track of your preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing behavior.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT USES OF COOKIES (WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE AUTHENTICATION OF AN USER THROUGH AN ACCOUNT):
Content and services tailored to user preferences – news, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment sites and travel services.
Offers tailored to users’ interests – remembering passwords, language preferences (Ex: displaying search results in English).
Remembering Child Protection Filters for Content on the Internet (family mode options, safe search functions).
Limit ad serving frequency – limit the number of impressions of an ad for a particular user on a site.
Provide 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 arrives on unwebsite (eg through search engines, directly from other websites, etc. ). Websites run these analyzes of their use to improve sites for the benefit of users.
SECURITY AND PROBLEMS REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY
Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they can not be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they can not perform these functions, they can not be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about user 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 consistently mark cookies to be deleted in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures. In general, browsers have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, shelf life, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
OTHER COOKIE-RELATED SECURITY ASPECTS
Since identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what issues can create cookies. In order to transmit constant information in both ways 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 rarely, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve bad cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to prevent browsers from sending information through unsecure channels. Attackers then use the information for the purpose of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
TIPS FOR A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE NAVIGATION BASED ON COOKIES
Here are some tips to make sure you do not worry about cookies:
Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level for your cookie security.
If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal access data.
If you share your computer access, you can consider the browser setting to delete your individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access sites that place cookies and delete any business information when you close the browsing session.
Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
Many of the applications for detection and prevention of spyware include the detection of attacks on sites. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software. Make sure your browser is always up-to-date. Many of the cookies attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and can not 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 how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can browse with confidence on the internet.
HOW CAN I STOP COOKIES?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make some sites unfeasible or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will not get / see online advertising anymore. It is possible to set up the browser so that these cookies are no longer supported or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a particular 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 your browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu.
To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s “help” option for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
For third-party cookie settings, you can also check:
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies
The following website provides more information about privacy related to online advertising:
For more details on privacy issues, you can also access the following links:
LIST OF COOKIES ON THE SMART.ORG.RO SITE
|3rd Party Cookies
|Used to analyze the site SEO
|This is a session cookie
|Used to analyze the site SEO (Romanian version)
|This is a session cookie
|Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users
|This is a session cookie
|Keeps anonymous information about user interaction with the site (example: time and date of interaction with various marketing materials or pages that brought the user to the site).
|This is a session cookie
|Used to enable and provide promotional notices
|This is a session cookie