The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of the cookies used by www.stavroshotel.ro. There are also some helpful links related to this topic.
Please read the following information carefully.
This website uses its own cookies and third parties’ cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their individual needs and interests.
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 rates are expressed, the keeping of options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and the saving of these options)- thus allowing for shopping cart flexibility (accessing old preferences by pressing back and forth button).
- Cookies provide website owners with valuable feedback on how their websites are used by users so they can make them even more effective and accessible to users.
- They allow multimedia or other applications from other websites to be included on a website to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable browsing experience.
- They improve the effectiveness of online advertising.
WHAT IS A COOKIE?
An Internet Cookie (also known as a browser cookie or HTTP cookie or simply a cookie) is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on a computer, mobile terminal, or other user equipment used to access the Internet.
The cookie is installed through a web server request to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely passive (does not contain software, viruses or spyware, and cannot access information on the user’s hard disk).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or the cookie value. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie is fixed; 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.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
THERE ARE TWO MAIN COOKIE CATEGORIES:
- Session Cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that they store them until the user leaves the website or closes the browser window (e.g. when logging in to/logging out of webmail or social networking account).
- Persistent Cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the default lifetime). Persistent cookies also 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 save a user’s interests so as to deliver the most relevant advertising to users.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COOKIES?
A cookie contains information linking a web browser (user) to 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: e.g. – online privacy preferences, website language options, shopping carts, or relevant advertising.
WHAT IS A COOKIE LIFETIME?
Cookies are administered by web servers. A cookie’s lifetime 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 kept once the user has left the website and 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.
HOW COOKIES ARE USED BY THIS WEBSITE
A visit to this website may place:
- Site performance cookies
- Visitor analysis cookies
- Geotargeting cookies
- Registration cookies
- Advertising cookies
- Advertiser cookies
This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this website, so they no longer need to be set with every website visit.
- volume settings for video player;
- video streaming speed with which the browser is compatible.
VISITOR ANALYSIS COOKIES
Every time a user visits this site, the analysis software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this website before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows monitoring of individual users who visit us and how often they visit the website.
These cookies are used by software that determines the country you come from. It is completely anonymous and is used only to target the content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or in another language you receive the same advertisement.
When you register on this website, 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 website with your username. If you have not selected keep me registered, this cookie will be deleted automatically when you close your browser or computer.
These cookies let us know whether you have viewed an online advertisement, the type of advertisement and how long it has been since you saw the advertisement.
These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We can also use third party cookies for better advertisement targeting, such as holiday advertisements if the user has recently visited an article on holidays. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not about the users.
We also set anonymous cookies through other websites that we advertise on. By accepting them, so we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that website if you later visit our website, and we will be able to deliver advertising based on this information.
Much of the advertising you find on this website belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have been exposed to an advertisement or to see how many people have been exposed multiple times to the same advertisement.
The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies and this website does not have access to read or write those cookies. These third-party cookies can also be used to show targeted advertising on other websites, relying on your browsing of this website.
OTHER THIRD-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. Due to the manner of using, this website cannot access those cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies owned by this website.
For example, when you share an article using the social network button on this website, 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 web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that improves your Internet browsing experience (e.g. language settings in which website accessing is desired; 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 Internet’s efficient operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience, tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Denying or disabling cookies can make some websites impossible to use.
Denying or disabling cookies does not mean that you will not receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to consider your preferences and interests evidenced 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 user preferences – news, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment and travel services;
- offers tailored to users’ interests – password saving, language preferences (e.g. display of search results in Romanian);
- saving child protection filters for Internet content (family mode options, safe search features);
- limiting advertisement display frequency – limiting the number of displays of an advertisement for a user on a website;
- providing more user-relevant advertising;
- measurement, optimization and analysis features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what kind of content is viewed, and how a user lands on a website (e.g. through search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.). Websites run these analyses of their use to improve websites for the benefit of users.
SECURITY AND PRIVACY-RELATED PROBLEMS
Cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of code sequences so they cannot be executed or even autorun. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can nevertheless be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about user preferences and browsing history, both on a particular website and on several other websites, cookies can be used as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact 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, lifetime and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular website.
OTHER COOKIE-RELATED SECURITY ISSUES:
Because identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems cookies can create. In order to constantly transmit information between the browser and the website in both directions, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.
Although it is a very rare occurrence, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (e.g. 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 via unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized access to certain websites. 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
Here are some tips for safe browsing with cookies:
- Customize your cookie browser settings to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set long expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal access data.
- If you share 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 visitor information at the end of the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update anti-spyware applications. Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include website attack detection. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malware.
- Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many of the cookie-based attacks are achieved 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 work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can browse the Internet with confidence.
HOW TO STOP COOKIES?
Disabling and denying cookies can make some websites impossible to browse or difficult to visit and use. Also, denying cookies does not mean you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
Browser settings are possible to no longer support cookies, or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a specific website. 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 your browser’s options or preferences.
For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/
IAB Romania provides the following website for more information on privacy related to online advertising: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/
For more details on privacy issues, you can also access the following links: