The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of cookies used by www.upfr.ro
Please read carefully the following information:
- This site 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. “Cookies” play an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of multiple services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
- Customize certain settings such as the language in which a site is viewed, access to old preferences by clicking the “forward” and “backward” button, retaining certain site preferences, etc.
- 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 “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 web browser’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 categories of cookies:
- 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 / deleting 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 cookie’s default life). 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 benefits 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, or relevant advertising.
What is the 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 exclusively for one session (session cookies) and are not 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 cookies placed by third parties?
How cookies are 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
• Other Cookies
These cookies may come from the following third parties: analytics.google.com, wordfence.com, youtube.com, and others.
This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so they no longer need to be set on every site visit.
– Volume settings for video player
– the streaming video speed with which the browser is compatible
Cookies for visitor analysis
Whenever a user visits this site, third-party analytics software generates a user’s analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this site so far. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows monitoring of unique users who visit us and how often they do it.
We also use security applications to protect the site against various cyber attacks, applications that monitor site visitors by generating a user’s analysis cookie.
As long as you are not registered on this site, this cookie can not be used to identify individuals, they are only used for statistical purposes. If you are a registered user, we may also know the details you have provided to us, such as your email address and username, which are subject to the confidentiality and provisions of the Terms and Conditions, Personal Data Protection and the force with regard to the protection of personal data.
Cookies for geotargetting
These cookies are used by software that determines where 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.
Cookies for registration *
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 have not selected “keep me registered”, this cookie will automatically delete when you close your browser or computer.
* At this time, our site does not allow users to register, other than UPFR employees who handle site administration.
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. 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 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 Internet browsing experience (eg setting the language of a site, keeping a user logged in to your account, etc.)
Why are Internet cookies important?
Cookies are the focal point 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 – just 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 a 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).
- Retrieve 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 kind of content is viewed, and how a user gets to a website (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 privacy 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 can 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 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 problems 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 insecure channels. Attackers then use the information for 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.
Here are a few tips that can help you navigate without worries with cookies:
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level for you on 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 data.
- If you share your computer access, you can consider 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 to delete any visitor information when closing 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 the vulnerabilities of the browser 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 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.
How do 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 receive / see online advertising anymore.
A browser setting is possible for cookies to be disallowed, or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. But for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments, you will not be able to use contact forms, etc.
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.
For third-party cookie settings, you can also visit the site:
Other useful links:
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
IAB Romania provides the following website to provide more information on privacy related to online advertising: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/
For more details on confidentiality issues, you can also access the following links: