Cookies Policy

Cookies

The www.sdhouse.ro website uses cookies. The information hereby presented have the purpose of disclosing details about the placement, use and administration of the cookies used by www.sdhouse.ro. Furthermore, you will be given a few useful links on the subject.

Please read the following information carefully:

This website uses its own cookies and those of third parties in order to bring the best user experience to the visitors and custom services that are adapted to their needs and interests.

Cookies play an important role in making it easier for the user to access and be given multiple services on the Internet, such as:

– Personalized setting such as: website language, the currency in which prices and fares are listed, keeping saved options for a variety of products (sizes and other details) in the shopping cart (and remembering those options) – thus making the cart access flexible (access to old options by using the back and forward buttons)

– Cookies offer website owners valuable feedback on the way their websites are being used by the visitors. This way, they can improve them and make them more efficient and accessible.

– Cookies allow multimedia and other types of apps to be included in a website in order to create a richer, more useful and more pleasant browsing experience.

– Improve the efficiency of online advertising.

What is a cookie?

An Internet Cookie (also known as a broser cookie or a HTTP cookie or simply cookie) is a small piece of data, made of letters and numbers, that is sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer, mobile device or other equipment used to access the Internet.

The cookie is installed through a request sent by a webserver to a browser (e.g.: Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely passive (does not contain software, malware  or spyware and cannot access information from the user’s hard drive).

A cookie is made up of 2 parts: name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the lifetime of a cookie is limited; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when the user returns to the website associated with that webserver.

Cookies do not solicit personal information themselves in order to use them later and, in most cases, they do not personally identify Internet users.

There are two categories of cookies:

– Session cookies (transient cookies) – these are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the browser so that the browser can memorize them before the user exits the website or the browser window (e.g.: when logging in/off a webmail account or social networks).

– Persistent cookies – these are stored on the computer or other device’s hard drive (and generally depends on the lifespan preset of the cookie). Persistent cookies include those coming from another website other than the one the user is visiting at that time – third party cookies – and those can be used anonymously to memorize the user’s interests. This way, the user can receive advertising that is as relevant as possible to him.

What are the benefits of cookies?

A cookie contains information that link a browser (the user) and a webserver (the website). If a browser accesses that webserver again, the latter can read the existing information and react accordingly. Cookies ensure a pleasant experience for the users and support the effort of many websites in offering comfortable services: e.g. – online confidentiality preferences, language setting options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.

What is the lifespan of a cookie?

Cookies are managed by webservers. The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly depending on the purpose for which it is being placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for one session (session cookies) and are not stored anymore once the user leaves the website and some cookies are stored and reused every time the user come back on that website (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by the user in any moment by using the browser settings.

What are third party cookies?

Some content sections on websites can be delivered with the intervention of third parties/suppliers (e.g.: news box, video or commercial) These third partied can also place cookies via that website and are called third party cookies because they are not placed by the website owner. Third party suppliers must follow the effective law and confidentiality policies of the website owner.

How are cookies used by this website?

Visiting this website can place cookies with the following purposes:

– Website performance cookies;

– Visitor analysis cookies;

– Geotargeting cookies;

– Registration cookies;

– Advertising cookies;

– Advertisers’ cookies;

These cookies can come from the following third parties: Zontera.com, doubleclick.com, Gemius and others.

– Performance cookies;

This type of cookie remembers the user’s preferences on this website, so that the user does not need to set them every thime he or she visits the site.

Examples:

– Video player volume settings

– Video streaming speed that is compatible with the user’s browser

Visitor analysis cookies

Every 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 the website before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie and if you do not, we will generate one. This allows us to monitor unique users that visit us and how often they do so.

So long as you are not registered on this website, this cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, they are to be used solely for statistical purposes. Furthermore, if you are registered we have access to details that you have provided us with, such as e-mail address and username – these go under confidentiality rules and stipulations in Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, as well as effective laws with regard to personal data protection.

Geotargeting cookies

These cookies are used by a software that establishes what country you come from. It is completely anonymous and it is used only for content targeting – even when you are on our website’s Romanian version or other languages you will receive the same advertising material.

Registration cookies

When you register on this website, we generate a cookie that lets us know if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account you are registered with and if you have access to a certain service. Also, it allows us to associate any comment you post on our website with your username. If you have not selected “Keep me logged in”, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser or device.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to find out if you have seen an online commercial or not, what type of commercial that was and how much time has passed since you have seen the commercial.

We use these cookies to target online advertising as well. We can also use third party cookies for a better advertising targeting – to show the user vacation ads if, for example, the user has recently visited an article on the website regarding vacations. These cookies are anonymous and they store information about the visited content, not the users.

Also, we set anonymous cookies via other websites on which we advertise. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor of that website if you later visit our website. Thus, we can deliver ads based on that piece of information.

Advertisers’ cookies

A great part of the advertising materials on this website belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have been exposed to a certain ad or to see how many people have been exposed more than once to the same ad.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this website does not have access to read or write these cookies. Third party cookies can be used to show you targeted ads on other websites as well, based on you browsing this website.

Other third party cookies

On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track and measure the success of an app or to customize an app. Due to the way it works, this website cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access this website’s cookies.

For example, when you share an article using the social buttons on this website, that social network will record that activity.

What type of information is being stored and accessed via cookies?

Cookies keep information in a small text file that allow 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 improves the browsing experience on the Internet (e.g.: language settings for a website; keeping a user logged in on a webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in a shopping cart).

Why are cookies important for the Internet?

Cookies are the central point of an efficient Internet performance. They help generate a friendly browsing experience that is adapted to the user’s preferences and interests. Refusing or deactivating cookies can make some websites difficult to use.

Refusing or deactivating cookies does not mean you will no longer be receiving online ads, only that these ads will no longer be able to that your preferences and interests (expressed through your browsing behavior) into account.

Exemple de intrebuintari importante ale cookie-urilor (care nu necesita autentificarea unui utilizator prin intermediul unui cont):

Examples of important cookie use (that do not need user authentication):

– Custom content and services adapted to the user’s preferences – news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment websites and travel services.

– Adapted options – remembering passwords, language preferences (e.g.: displaying search results in Romanian).

– Children protection filters on the Internet (family mode options, safe search options)

– Limitation of ad frequency – limitation of the number of ad displays for a certain user on a website.

– Relevant advertisement delivery for a certain user.

– Measurement, optimization and analytics characteristics – such as confirming a certain level of website traffic, what type of content is visited and how users get to the website (e.g.: via search engines, directly, via other websites etc.). Websites undergo these user analyses in order to improve the websites for the users.

Security and confidentiality issues

Cookies are NOT malware! They use plain text formats. They are not made of code segments so they cannot be executed not can they auto-run. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks so as to run or replicate again. As they cannot carry out these functions, they cannot be considered malware.

However, cookies can be used to negative ends. As they store information about the user’s preferences and browsing history, both on a certain website and others, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this facts and are constantly marking cookies for deletion in antivirus/antispyware scanning/cleaning procedures.

Generally speaking, browsers have integrated confidentiality settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, term of validity and automatic deletion after the user has visited a website.

Other aspects regarding cookies and security

Because identity protection is very valuable and is every Internet user’s right, it is recommended that the problems that can be created by cookies are known. As they constantly send information between browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorized person interferes in the data transmission, the information in the cookies can be intercepted.

Although it can rarely happen, it is possible if the browser connects to the server by using an unencrypted network (e.g.: a non-secure Wi-Fi network).

Other cookie based attacks involve faulty cookie settings on servers. If a website does not ask the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to fool browsers into sending information via non-secure channels. Attackers then use the information to access certain websites without authorization. It is very important to be careful when choosing the most suitable personal data protection method.

Advice for a safe and responsible, cookie-based browsing

Due to their flexibility and to the fact that most visited websites use cookies, they are basically inevitable. Deactivating cookies will not allow the user to access some of the most well-known and highly-used websites such as YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

Here are some pieces of advice that can ensure you of a carefree browsing experience with the help of cookies:

– Customize your browser’s settings regarding cookies as to make them reflect a comfortable level of security when using cookies.

– If you are bothered by cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration terms for browsing history and personal data.

– If you share access to a computer, you can take the browser’s setting into account when you want to delete individual browsing data every time you exit the browser. This is an option that helps you access websites that place cookies and delete any information about your visit when you end the browsing session.

– Constantly install and update antispyware apps.

A lot of the antispyware apps include detection of website attacks. Thus, they can stop the browser from accessing websites that can exploit the browser’s vulnerability or download a dangerous software.

– Make sure you always update your browser.

A lot of the cookie-based attacks are possible because the attackers exploit weak features of old versions of websites.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and biggest websites on the Internet – local o international. With a clear understanding of the way they work and the benefits they bring, you can take all necessary security precautions so that you can safely browse online.

How can I stop cookies?

Deactivating and refusing to receive cookies can make certain websites impossible or very difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean you will no longer receive/see online ads.

There is a browser setting that makes it possible for you to not accept cookies. There is also a browser setting you can use to accept cookies from certain website only. But if, for example, you are not registered as a cookie user, you cannot post comments.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These setting can usually be found in options or in your browser’s Preferences Menu.

In order to understand these setting, the following links can be useful. Otherwise, you can use help option of the browser to get more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari

 

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