- COOKIE-URI POLICY
In what we call web 2.0, “cookies” play an important role in facilitating access and delivery of multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
Customizing certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or prices are expressed, keeping options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and saving these options) thus generating flexibility shopping cart (accessing old preferences by pressing the “forward” and “back” button)
Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their websites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible to users.
Allow multimedia or other applications on other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience;
Improving the efficiency of online advertising.
How cookies are used by this site
The cookies used by this site are:
1. Cookies necessary for the functioning of the site
Cookie named “cookieconsent_status”: Used to keep your option to enable / disable statistical cookies. Your choice (whether you clicked “I do not accept statistical cookies” or “I accept statistical cookies”) will be kept in this cookie for 1 year. It is important to know that until you explicitly agree by pressing the “I accept statistical cookies” button, no statistical cookie will be activated. This means that even if you ignore the message without pressing any option, statistical cookies will remain disabled.
Cookie named “TerraMetal_session”: It is used for the operation of the site, to remember the products in the basket, to remember that you are logged in to the site. It is set to expire 2 hours after its activation.
Cookie named “remember_web” followed by a random string: It is used for site operation and is set to authentication if you check “Remember me”. This cookie keeps you logged in on the site for 5 years.
2. Statistical and performance cookies
This site uses Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel for statistical purposes. This option can be disabled by pressing the “I do not accept statistical cookies” button or by ignoring the informational message. Statistical cookies are disabled until your explicit consent. For more information about cookies used by Google Analytics, you can visit this page.
What is a cookie?
An Internet Cookie (also known as “cookie browser” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file, made up of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile device or other equipment. of a user accessing the Internet.
The cookie is installed by a web server’s request from a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely passive (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive) .
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the cookie’s lifetime 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 in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 major categories of cookies:
Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser to store them until the user exits the respective website or closes the browser window (eg when logging in / logging in to a webmail account or on social networks).
Persistent cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default cookie lifetime).
- What are the benefits of cookies?A cookie contains information that links a web-browser (the user) and a particular web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services: eg, online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
How long is a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used only for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (cookies). permanent). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through the browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third parties?
Certain content sections on some sites may be provided through third parties / providers (eg news box, video or advertising). 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 the respective website. Third-party providers must also comply with the law in force and the privacy policies of the site owner.
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 web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. The cookie stores important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (eg the language settings in which you want to access a site; keeping a user logged in to your webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart)
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies can make some sites impossible to use.
Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising, but 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 the user’s preferences – categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
Offers tailored to users’ interests – password retention, language preferences (Ex: displaying search results in Romanian).
Retain child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search features).
Limiting the frequency of ad serving – Limiting the number of times an ad is displayed for a particular user on a site.
Providing more relevant advertising to the user.
Measuring and optimizing analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (eg through search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.) ). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
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 self-run. As a result, you cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies can be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ browsing 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 fact and are constantly flagging cookies for deletion in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.
- 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 particular site.Other security aspects related to cookies
Since identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems cookies may create. Because through them the information between the browser and the website is constantly transmitted in both directions, 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 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. The attackers then use the information for the purpose of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful when choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies
Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
If you don’t mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set long deadlines for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access websites that place cookies and delete any visit information when you close your browsing session.
Always install and update your antispyware applications.
Many spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection. 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 cookie-based attacks are made 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 largest websites 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 you can confidently browse the Internet.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / see online advertising.
You can set it in your browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a particular site. But for example, if you’re not registered with cookies, you won’t 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 “help” option for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
If you would like to find out more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
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