What are cookies and what are they used for?
Cookies are small text files, usually made of identifiers, letters and numbers, stored on any device with internet access (computer, smartphone, tablet) and are installed by request sent by a web server to a web browser (Internet explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera) when you visit a website.
A cookie file allows a website to remember the way you navigate on it, your preferences and settings in order to offer you a better online experience, but cannot access any other information on that device. Typical uses of cookies are authentication, tracking user behavior or implementing the “shopping cart” system. The user may or may not allow installation by storage on the terminal used by him.
The cookie file is “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses, spyware or malware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard disk). Its duration is determined and can be accessed again by the web-server when a user returns to the website associated with the respective web-server.
How many types of cookies are there?
Depending on the duration of existence, cookies are:
Session cookies – temporarily stored in the browser history, limited only to the duration of the session in which the visitor accesses the site
Persistent cookies – stored, depending on the preset duration, on the hard drive of a computer or equipment. Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at that time – known as “third party cookies” – which can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests, thus to deliver relevant content (e.g. Google Analytics, YouTube, Facebook, etc.)
What are the advantages of using cookies?
These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and to show them a content adapted to their preferences, offering a pleasant browsing experience. Cookies are used in the preparation of aggregate anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content.
What cookies does ecovillagefiriteaz.ro use and what for?
To provide visitors with a much better browsing experience, our Site uses various different types of cookies and similar technologies, each of which has a different function as set out below:
Functional cookies. These cookies enable the Site to recognize you every time you access it, so that you don’t have to type in your login details each time.
If you have added items to your basket and closed the session without completing your purchase, but have not removed the items from your basket, these cookies enable you to carry on shopping with the same basket the next time you visit the website within a reasonable period of time.
These cookies are not essential for the website to function, but they improve the website and the browsing experience.
Analytical cookies. These cookies are used for to carry out statistical analyses of how users use our website through their computers (number of pages visited during one visit, number of mouse clicks made on a page) or which features are the most popular with our users. In such events, we process the results of these analyses in an anonymous way and for statistics purposes only.
Preferences cookies. We use these cookies to remember your settings and preferences (language, currency).
Security cookies. We use these cookies to help identify and prevent security risks. For example, we may use these cookies to store your web-session information to prevent others from changing your password without your username and password.
Performance cookies. We use these cookies to collect information about how you interact with our services and to help us improve them. For example, we may use these cookies to determine if you have interacted with a certain page.
Third-party cookies. In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies (as Google Analytics) to report usage statistics of the Site, so we can continuously improve your experience on our Site.
Do cookies affect your security and privacy?
Cookies are small text files, not compiled as code, so they cannot be executed and cannot self-rule. Thus, they cannot be self-copied, they cannot be spread in other networks to generate actions and cannot be used to spread viruses.
Cookies cannot search for information on your device, but they stock personal information. That information is not generated by cookies, but by you as a user, when you fill out online forms, register on websites, use electronic card systems etc.
In most of the cases, cookies do not identify internet users, but the device they access web pages from. Those data are encrypted in a care way that does not allow unauthorized access to third parties.
Cookies that, from a technical point of view, don’t need to be stored in the user’s device, will not be used unless the user consents to this. The user may withdraw the consent at any time by changing the settings related to the used browser. Blocking some cookies may affect the correct display of some pages of the visited website or you may receive a notification about the need for you to allow access to a specific cookie for a correct view of a particular website.
To change the settings of your browser regarding the activation / deactivation of cookies:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you can’t find the browser you use in the list above, please visit the site of the developer of the respective browser.
Last updated: April 8, 2020