What is a cookie?
- A cookie is a collection of data in an industry standard that a web page transfers to your computer, temporarily, to allow the content to be adapted to the user. To this end, cookies collect information about your online behavior.
- A cookie is a small file that contains a text consisting of a string of letters and numbers (information), often encoded, that uniquely identifies a computer, mobile terminal or other equipment from which the user accesses the internet, but it may also contain other information. A cookie consists of two parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. The lifespan of a cookie is determined.
- A cookie is a file that is placed/downloaded on the device you use when you access a website, by the request issued by the web server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome), which allows the use of SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT functions recording the navigation of the website, so that when you access the website again, it can present adapted options based on the information stored regarding your last visit.
- A cookie is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses – cookies use plain text formats, they are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed and cannot auto-run; they cannot be duplicated or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again – or spyware and they cannot access information from the user’s hard drive), they only allow the collection of information in regards to user behavior (basically, which web pages they visit and when).
- In other words, cookies can be seen as an identification card of the Internet user, which notifies the website every time the user returns to that website.
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the focal point of the efficient operation of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies can make some websites impossible to use. Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising , but only 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 a user to log into an account):
- Content and services adapt to the user’s preferences
- Remembering passwords, language preferences (e.g. displaying search results in Romanian)
- Remembering child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions)
- Limiting the frequency of ad serving – Limiting the number of impressions of an ad for a specific user on a website
- Providing more relevant advertising for the user
- Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (e.g. through search engines, directly from other websites etc.). Websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve themselves for the benefit of users.
The purpose of cookies
Cookies can provide faster and easier interaction between users and websites.
In other cases, cookies may be used to store information about the activities performed by the user on a particular web page, so that they can easily resume those activities on a subsequent access to the website. Cookies tell the server which pages to show the user so that they do not have to remember this or navigate the entire website from the start. Thus, cookies can be assimilated to “bookmarks” that tell the user exactly where he left off on the website.
What types of cookies do we use?
We use the following types of cookies: persistent and session, our own and installed by third parties.
Persistent cookies help us recognize you as an existing user, which facilitates your return to SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT or the interaction with our services. Session cookies are only active during a session (usually a regular visit to a website or a browser session).
|Categories of use||Description|
|Essential||They are used to monitor critical functions of the web page.|
|Social networks||Our website may include social networking cookies, including those that allow users connected to social networking services to share content through that service.|
When are cookies placed?
What is the lifespan of a cookie?
The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. One cookie per session will expire at the end of the session, and one permanent cookie will not expire for a certain period. The lifespan of a cookie is not imposed on any user. They can be locked or deleted at any time via browser settings.
They contain personal data cookies/ what kind of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
The cookies themselves do not request and do not hold personal data. They cannot personally identify an internet user. Personal data can be collected by using cookies only to facilitate certain functions for the user, improving the Internet browsing experience (for example: the settings of the language in which you want to access a website).
What are third-party cookies? (“Third party cookies”)
In addition to the cookies that SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT creates when you visit our website, third parties may also create cookies while you visit third party websites. In some cases, this is because we have hired third parties to provide services on our behalf, such as website analytics. In other cases, our web pages provide third-party content or ads, such as videos, news, or ads delivered by other advertising networks.
Because your browser connects to these third-party web servers to retrieve content, those third‑parties may create or read their own cookies on your device and collect information about your online activities on various websites or online services. Third parties/third party providers must also comply with the applicable law and the privacy policies of the website owner.
If you are an EU resident, SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT will be responsible for providing to or collecting your personal data by or for our services. If you are resident in a non-EU third country, SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT will be responsible for providing to or collecting your personal data by or for our services.
In addition, certain features of SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT products depend on cookies. For example, if you choose to block cookies, you may not be able to use those features and preferences that depend on cookies and they may be lost. If you decide to delete cookies, the settings and preferences they control, including ads, these will be deleted and may need to be recreated.
Instructions for blocking or deleting cookies from browsers may be available in each browser’s privacy or help documentation.
What do you do if you do not want to set cookies or if you want to remove them?
If you do not wish to accept cookies, you may change your browser settings on your computer or on other devices used to access our services. If you use SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT without changing your browser settings, we will assume that you want to accept all cookies on our website. Most browsers also provide functions that allows you to analyze and delete cookies. The SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT website will not function properly without cookies.
Browser manufacturers provide support pages for managing cookies in their products. For more information, see below.
For other browsers, please refer to the documentation provided by the browser manufacturer.
To learn more about cookies, including how to view the types of cookies that have been installed and how to manage and delete them, visit wikipedia.org, http://www.youronlinechoices.com/en, http://www.allaboutmodul cookies.org/ or www.aboutmodul cookies.org.
Concrete ways to delete cookies:
a. On the computer
Apple Safari browser: The “Confidentiality” section of the “Preferences” menu, the section provided for “Cookies and other data of Internet websites”.
Google Chrome browser: “Confidentiality” section of the “Parameters” menu, “Content Parameters” subsection, the section provided for “Cookies and website data”.
Microsoft Internet Explorer browser: “Tools” menu, then “Internet Options”, “General”, “Browser history”, “Parameters”, then open the “Parameters of temporary internet files and history” window and finally “Display files”.
Mozilla Firefox browser: “Tools” menu, “Options” section, “Privacy” subsection, “Delete specific cookies” function.
b. On your smartphone or tablet
You can uninstall these cookies using the following methods:
Android browser: Open the “Home” screen, tap the web browser icon, tap the “Menu” button, and tap “Settings”. The device will take you to a menu with the available settings OR have one of the following three options. Tap the option and you will have: Privacy & Security, Privacy, Security, tap “Clear Cache”, tap “OK” to confirm, tap “Clear all cookie data”, tap “OK” to confirm. Click the “Home” button to return to the “Home” screen. Restart the device by turning it off and on again.
Google Chrome Browser: In the browser toolbar, click the “Chrome menu”, then click “More tools” and “Clear browsing data.” In the box that appears, click the checkboxes for “cookies and other website and plug-in data” and “Cached images and files”). Use the top menu to select the amount of data you want to delete. Choose “beginning of time” to delete everything. Click “Clear browsing data.”
Apple iOS 8 or newer versions: Click the “Home” button, tap the “Settings” button, and scroll down to “Safari, tap “Clear History and Website Data”. You will receive a warning message. Tap “Clear History and Data” to confirm. Click the “Home” button to return to the “Home” screen. Restart the device by turning it off and on again.
Very important: The procedure to delete cookies may differ depending on the software version. Contact your software operator for more details on any issues you may have.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies
Here are some tips that can ensure you navigate without worries but with the help of cookies:
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using the device, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
- If you share access to your device, you can consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access the websites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update your anti-spyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include detecting attacks on websites. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software.
Make sure your browser is always up to date with the latest versions available.
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 most popular 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 that you can surf the internet with confidence.
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use.
All modern browsers offer the option to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.