Cookie Policy

About Cookies

The website www.antibiotice.ro utilizes cookies.

The information below is intended to inform the user about the placement, use and administration of the “cookies” used by www.antibiotice.ro.

There are also some helpful links to this topic. In case you need more information and they are not found below, you can contact us at: office@antibiotice.ro.

Please read carefully the following information:

This site uses cookies (both own and third parties) to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interests of everyone. In what we call „web 2.0” the „cookies” play an important role in facilitating the access and the delivery of multiple services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:

The cookies provide site owners with a valuable feedback on how their sites are utilized by users so they can make them even more effective and more accessible to users. They allow multimedia applications or to other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful, and enjoyable navigation experience. They also improve the efficiency of the online advertising.

What is a „cookie”?

An „Internet Cookie” (also known as „browser cookie” or „HTTP cookie” or simply „cookie”) is a small text file of letters and numbers that will be stored on your computer, mobile device or other equipment of a user on which the Internet is accessed.

The cookie is installed through the request sent by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and is completely „passive” (it does not contain a software program, viruses or spyware and cannot 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 existence 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.

The cookies themselves do not require personal data to be used and, in most cases, they do not personally identify Internet users.

There are two large categories of cookies:

– The session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder to save them until the user exits the web site or closes the browser window (for example, when signing in/signing out on a webmail account or on social networks).

– The persistent cookies –  they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depends on the cookie’s default life time). The 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 save the interests of a user, so that the advertising is delivered as relevant as possible to users.

What are the benefits of cookies?

A cookie contains data 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 data and react accordingly.

Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide comfortable user services: e.g. – online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.

What is the lifetime of a cookie?

Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie may vary significantly, depending upon the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused whenever the user returns to that site („permanent cookies”). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through the browser settings.

What are cookies placed by third parties?

Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties suppliers (e.g. news box, video or advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called „third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of that website. The third-party vendors must also comply with the applicable law and the site’s privacy policies.

How cookies are used by this site:

– Site performance cookies;

– Visitor analysis cookies;

– Cookies for geotargeting;

– Cookies for advertising;

– Advertiser cookies;

– These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google Analytics, Facebook and AdOcean.

The performance cookies:

This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so they no longer need to be set on every site visit. Here are a couple of examples:

– the volume settings for the video player;

– the video speed streaming with which the browser is compatible.

Visitor analysis cookies

Whenever a user visits this site, the analytics software provided by a third-party 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 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 used for statistical purposes alone. If you are registered, we may also know the details you have provided us, such as your e-mail address and username – subject to the confidentiality and the provisions of the Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Policy and the legislation in force with regard to the protection of personal data.

Cookies for geotargeting

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

Cookies for advertising

These cookies let us know whether or not you’ve seen an online advertisement, what is its type, and how long it has been since you saw the advertisement message.

These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We may also use 3rd-party cookies for better advertising targeting, for example, showing holiday ads if the user has recently visited an article on holidays. These cookies are anonymous, they store data about the viewed content, not the users.

Other cookies from third parties:

On some pages, the third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Because of its use, this site cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot 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 data is stored and accessed through cookies?

The cookies keep data 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 data that enhances the Internet browsing experience (e.g. setting up the language of a site, keeping a user logged into the webmail account, online banking security, keeping one’s products in his or her shopping cart).

Why are cookies important to the Internet?

The cookies are the central focus of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies can make some sites unusable.

Refusing 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.

Here are some examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentication of a user through an account):

– Content and services tailored to user preferences – news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.

– Offers tailored to the interests of users –  retaining passwords, language preferences (e.g. displaying search results in Romanian).

– Retrieve child protection filters concerning content on the Internet (family mode options, safe search functions). – Limit the frequency of ad serving – limit the number of times an ad is displayed for a particular user on a site.

– The provision of more relevant advertising for the user.

– The 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 (e.g. through search engines, directly from other websites, etc.). The websites run these analyzes of their use to improve sites for the benefit of users.

– Security and privacy issues

The cookies are NOT Viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or can auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.

The cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because they store 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, lifetime and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

Other security issues related to cookies

Since the identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what potential issues cookies can create. In order to transmit constant data 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 (e.g. an unsecured Wi-Fi network).

Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to fool browsers to send data through insecure channels. Attackers then use the information for the purpose of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is key to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal data.

Tips for a safe and responsible cookie-based navigation.

Due to their flexibility and the fact that the majority of the most visited sites and the biggest ones utilize cookies, they are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow the user to access the most popular and used sites including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

 Here are a few tips that can help you navigate safely with cookies:

– Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable cookie safety level 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 access, you can consider the browser setting to delete your individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access sites that place cookies and delete any visitor data upon the closure of the browsing session.

– Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.

Many of the applications for the detection and prevention of spyware include the detection of 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. Many of the cookies attacks are performed by exploiting the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers.

The cookies are everywhere and cannot 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 disable 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 get/see online advertising anymore. It is possible to set up the browser so that these cookies are no longer supported or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a particular website. But for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers provide 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.

– 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 visit www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/ where you can find more information about privacy related to online advertising.

Thank you!