- The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use, and administration of cookies used by the https://laundryroom.ro site.
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- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by Users so they can make them more effective and 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. They also improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a cookie?
- An "Internet Cookie" (also known as "cookie browser" or "HTTP cookie" or simply "cookie") is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on your computer, other equipment of a User on which the Internet is accessed.
- The cookie is installed through a browser request (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware, and can not access the information on the hard drive, User's Guide).
- A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or the cookie value. 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 categories of cookies:
- session cookies - they are temporarily stored in the web browser's cookie folder so that they store them until the user exits the web site or closes the browser window (eg when logging on / off the webmail or social networking account).
- Persistent cookies - they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default cookie lifetime). Persistent cookies also include those placed on a site other than the one the User is currently visiting - known as 'third party cookies' - which can be used anonymously to store the interests of a User so that advertising is delivered as relevant as possible to the User.
What are the benefits of cookies?
- A cookie contains information linking a web browser (the user) and a specific webserver (the Website). If a browser accesses that webserver again, it can read the already stored information and respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with an enjoyable browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide user-friendly services: examples - online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime of a cookie?
- Cookies are managed by web servers. A cookie's life 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 browser settings.
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
- This type of cookie retains the user's preferences on this site, so they no longer need to be set at each site visit. Examples: - video player volume settings - the streaming video speed with which your browser is compatible.
Cookies for visitor analysis
- Every time a User visits this site, third party analytics software generates a User Analytics cookie. This cookie tells us if you've visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows monitoring of Unique Visitors who visit us and how often they do it.
Cookies for geotargetting
- These cookies are used by software that determines where you come from. It's completely anonymous and it's only used to target the content - even when you're on our page in Romanian or in another language you get the same ad.
Cookies for registration
- 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 specific service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post on our site with your username. If you have not selected "keep me registered", this cookie will be deleted automatically when you close your browser or computer.
Cookies for advertising
- These cookies let us know whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad, 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 third-party cookies to better target advertising, for example, to show holiday ads if the user has recently visited an article on holiday sites. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not the users. We also set anonymous cookies through other sites that we advertise. By accepting them, so we can use them to recognize you as a User of that site if you later visit our site, we will be able to deliver your advertising based on that information.
Other cookies from third parties
- On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application or customize an application. Due to the use of this site, this site can not access these cookies, just as third parties can not access the 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 cookies?
- Cookies store 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 your Internet browsing experience (e.g., language settings to access a site, keeping a user logged in to your webmail account, online banking security, keeping your products in the shopping cart).
Why are Internet cookies important?
- Cookies are the central focus of the efficient Internet operation, 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 impossible to use.
- Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising - just that it will no longer be able to keep your preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing behavior.
- Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require authentication of a user through an account):
- Content and services tailored to the user's preferences - news, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment sites and travel services.
- Offers tailored to users' interests - password retention, language preferences (e.g., displaying search results in Romanian).
- Retaining 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.
- Providing more relevant advertising to 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 reaches a website (eg through search engines, directly from other websites etc.). Websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve sites for the benefit of Users.
Security and confidentiality issues
- 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 even 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 nevertheless be used for negative purposes. By storing 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 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 security issues related to cookies
- Because identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every Internet User, it is advisable to know what issues can create cookies. Because their 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 incorrect cookie settings on the servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to fool the browsers to send information through insecure 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 navigation
- Customize your cookie browser settings to reflect a comfortable cookie level for you.
- 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 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 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 spyware detection and prevention applications include site attacks 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 exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
- Cookies are everywhere and can not be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and greatest 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.