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Information on the vabovaspeed cookies

The www.vabovaspeed.ro website uses cookies.

The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of cookies used by www.vabovaspeed.ro.There are also some useful links on this topic.

Please readcarefully the following information:

This website uses its own cookies and cookies from third parties to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and with services adapted to the needs and interests of each visitor.

In that which we call “web 2.0”, cookies play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services which the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

  • The 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 saving of these options) – thus making the “shopping cart” flexible (accessing old preferences by clicking the “next” and “back” buttons).
  • Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so they can make them more efficient and accessible to users.
  • Allow multimedia or other applications on other sites to be included on a specific site to create a more valuable, usefuland enjoyable browsing experience;
  • Improve the efficiency of online advertising.

What is a “cookie”?

An “Internet Cookie” (term also known as “browser cookie”,“HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file consisting of letters and numbersthat will be stored on your 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 (i.e. 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 the cookie’s value. Moreover, the duration 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.

On their own, cookies do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, they do not personally identify Internet users.

There are 2 large categories of cookies:

  • Session cookies –temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that it stores them until the user exits the site or closes the browser window (i.e. when logging on / off a webmail or social network).
  • Persistent cookies – stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (it generally depends on the default lifetimeof the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed on a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ (placed by third parties) – that can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests so that the advertising delivered is as relevant to the users as possible.

What are the advantages of cookies?

A cookie contains information that links 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 respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services (i.e. online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping cartsor relevant advertising).

Which isthe lifetime of a cookie?

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 only for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website,whereas some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (“permanent cookies”). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings. 

What are third-party cookies?

Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties / suppliers (i.e. news box, videos or advertisements). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the website in question. The third-party providers must also comply with the applicable law and the website owner’s privacy policies.

How cookies are used by this website

A visit to this site may place cookies for purposes of:

  • Site performance cookies;
    Cookies for analysing the visitors;
    • Cookies for geotargeting;
    • Cookies for registering;
    • Cookies for advertising;
    • Cookies of advertising providers.

These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google, Facebook, SATI, Httpool, SPA.

Performance cookies

This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so they no longer need to be set upon every site visit. Examples:

– video player volume settings;
–video streaming speed with which the browser is compatible.

Cookies for analysing the visitors

Every time a user visits this site, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a cookie for analysing the user. This cookie tells us if you have visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. This allows the monitoring of the unique users who visit us and how often they do it.As long as you are not registered on this site, this cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, they are only used for statistical purposes. If you are registered, we may be aware of the details you have provided us with, such as your email address and username – subject to confidentiality and the provisions of the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, as well as the provisions of the law in force regarding the protection of personal data.

Cookiesfor geotargeting

These cookies are used by a software that determines the country where you come from. It is completely anonymous and only used to target content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or in another language, you get the same ad. 

Cookies for registering

When you register on this site, we generate a cookie that tells us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with which you are registered and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comment you post on our site with your username. If you have not selected “remember me”, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser or computer.

Cookies for advertising

These cookies let us know whether you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad it was and how long it has been since you saw the ad message. These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We can also use third-party cookies to better target your advertising (i.e. to show holiday ads, if the user has recently visited an article on holiday ads on the site). These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content and not about the users. We also set anonymous cookies through other sites on which we are advertised. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor of that site. If you visit our site later, we will be able to deliver your ads based on this information.

Cookies ofadvertising providers

Much of the advertising you find on this site belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyse how many people have been exposed to an ador to see how many people have been exposed to the same ad multiple times. 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 targeted advertising on other sites, based on your browsingon this site.

Other third-party cookies

On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies to track the success of an application or customize an application. Due to how this site is used, it cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies owned by this site. For instance, when you share an article using the social network button on this site, the social network in question will record your activity.

What type 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 enhances the Internet browsing experience (i.e. the settings of the language in which a site is accessed, keeping a user logged in to the webmail account, online banking security, storing products in the shopping cart).

Why are cookies important for the Internet?

Cookies are the central focus of the Internet’s efficient operation, helpfulin generating a friendly browsing experience, adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Denying or disabling cookies can render some sites impossible to use.Denying or disabling the cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising – just that it will no longer be able to keep track of your preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing practices.

Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require authentication through a user account):

  • Content and services adapted to user preferences – news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
  • Offers adaptedto the interests of users – remembering of passwords, language preferences (i.e. displaying search results in Romanian language).
  • Keeping child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
  • Limitation ofthe frequency for ad distribution– limit the number of displays 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 traffic level on a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (i.e. through search engines, directly from other websites etc.). Websites run these analyses of their use to improve sites for the benefit of the users.

Security and privacy issues

Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made of bits of code, so they cannot be executed nor can they autorun. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. Cookies can still be used for negative purposes, however. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on several others, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this and consistently mark cookies for deletion within removal / antivirus scan / anti-spyware procedures.

Generally speaking, browsers have built-in privacy settings that provide different cookie acceptance levels: auto-validity and auto-deletion after the user has visited a specific site. Since identity protection is extremely valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what issues can be created by cookies. Because they transmit constantly, in both directions, information between the browser and the website, if an attacker or an unauthorized person interferes with the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Though rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (i.e. an unsecured Wi-Fi network).

Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require that the browser only uses encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information via unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information for purposes 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 safe and responsible cookie-based browsing

Due to their flexibility and the fact that a majority of the largest and most visited sites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. Disabling the cookies will keep the user from accessing the most popular and accessed sites, including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

 

Here are some tips to make sure you are browsing, without worry, using cookies:

  • Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level for your cookie security.
  • If you are not bothered by cookies and are the only person using the computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal data.
  • If you share your computer access, you can take into consideration the browser setting to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access sites that place cookies and delete any visitor information at the end of the browsing session.
  • Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.

Many of the detecting and preventing spyware applications include detecting attacks on websites.

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. Manycookie-based attacks are made by exploiting the weaknesses of old browser versions.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and greatest websites on the Internet – whether they are local or international. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can browsethe Internet confidently.

How can I stop cookies?

Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make some sites unworkableor difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing cookies does not mean you will no longer receive / see online advertising.

Browser setting is possible so that these cookies are no longer accepted, or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a particular site. For instance, if you are not logged in using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to change the cookie settings. Typically, these settings are found in your browser’s “options” or “preferences” menu.

To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you may 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 the following website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/

Useful links

If you want to learn more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:

Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies

IAB Romania makes availablethe following website to provide more privacy information related to online advertising: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/

For more details on privacy issues, you can also access the following links: