The information presented below aims to bring to the knowledge of the user more details about the placement, use and administration of “cookies” used by the hobclinic.ro website. There are also some useful links related to this topic. If you need more information, and they are not found below, you can contact us at the telephone number 0755.354.555 or at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This website uses both its own cookies and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to everyone’s needs and interests. The cookies used on this website provide valuable feedback and help us in trying to improve the online experience. The information obtained from these cookies are not stored in the database and once the browser is closed, the cookies are deleted from your computer.
What is a “cookie”?
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small-sized file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from which the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed by the request issued by a web server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access information on the user’s hard drive). A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is determined; 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 in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
There are two major categories of cookies:
Session cookies - these are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser so that it can store them until the user leaves the respective website or closes the browser window (e.g., when logging in to / logging out from a webmail account or on social networks).
Persistent cookies - These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depend on the default lifespan for the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting - known as “third party cookies” - which can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered. What are the advantages of cookies? A cookie contains information that links a web browser (user) to a specific web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide comfortable services to users: e.g.
– online privacy preferences, website language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
What is the lifespan of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are no longer retained 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 the browser settings.
What are third party cookies?
Certain content sections on some websites may be provided through third parties / providers (e.g., news box, video or advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the website and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the website. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the website owner’s privacy policies are Google Analytics and Right Now.
A visit to this website may place cookies for the following purposes:
Website performance cookies
Visitor analysis cookies
Each time a user visits this website, the analytics 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 the unique users who visit us and how often they do it.
Other third-party cookies. On some pages, third parties may set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Due to the way this website is used, this website cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies held by this website.
Cookies used by this website may come from the following third parties:
The www.hobclinic.ro website uses Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how to use and to detect possible navigation issues. Google Analytics stores information about the visited pages, the website browsing duration, the way in which the website was accessed, as well as the sections accessed within the pages.
No personal information is stored, therefore, this information cannot be used to identify the user. The website uses Google Analytics to be able to track if the website meets the requirements of users and to prioritize the improvement of the processes carried out.
The www.hobclinic.ro website uses Oracle cookies to customize and maintain the user’s chat session. This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this website, so there is no need to set them each time you visit the website.
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 the Internet browsing experience (e.g.: the settings of the language in which you want to access a website; keeping a user logged in to the webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience, adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some websites impossible to use.
Declining 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 behaviour.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to authenticate through an account):
Content and services adapted to user preferences - categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment websites and travel services;
Offers adapted to users’ interests - password retention, language preferences (e.g.: display of search results in Romanian);
Retention of child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions);
Limiting of the frequency of ad serving - limiting of the number of displays of an ad for a particular user on a website.
Provision of more user-relevant advertising.
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 gets to a website (e.g., through search engines, directly from other websites, etc.). Websites conduct these analyses of their use in order to improve the websites for the benefit of users.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of code pieces, so they cannot be executed or self-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies may, however, be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ 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 and constantly mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.
Generally, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular website.
Other security issues related to cookies
Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create.
Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although very rare, 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 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 through unsecured channels.
Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain websites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of personal information protection.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing, based on cookies.
Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of security for you when using cookies.
If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
If you share access to your computer, you may want to consider setting your browser to delete 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 antispyware 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 malicious software.
Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many of the cookie-based attacks rely on 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 operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can browse the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, the refusal to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set in the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted 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 ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.