Cookies Use Policy
This policy refers to cookies and web pages operated by SOFT TEAM SOLUTIONS SRL, with legal office in Str. Fabrica De Gheata 17 B, Bucharest (hereinafter referred to as FACTORING, website www.factoring.ro).
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on a computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment of a user accessing the Internet. 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 cannot access the information on the user's hard driver).
What are cookies used for?
These files make it possible to recognize the user's terminal and present the content in a relevant way, adapted to user's preferences. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support FACTORING efforts to provide comfortable user services: e.g.: - preferences for online privacy, shopping or relevant advertising. They are also used for aggregated anonymous statistics preparation that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, and also excluding the user's personal identification.
What kind of cookies do we use?
We use two types of cookies: per-session cookies and fixed cookies. The latter are temporary files that remain in the user's terminal until the end of the session or application closing (web browser). The fixed files remain for a period on the user's terminal in the Cookie parameters or until are manually deleted by the user.
How are cookies used by this site?
A visit to this site may set cookies for the following purposes:
- Webite Performance Cookies;
- Visitors Analysing Cookies;
- Geotargetting Cookies;
- Registration Cookies;
- Advertising Cookies;
- Advertising Providers Cookies.
Do cookies contain personal data?
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users. Personal data collected via Cookies use may only be collected to facilitate certain user functionalities. The data is encrypted in a way that makes unauthorized persons access impossible.
Generally, an application used to access web pages allows saving cookies on the terminal by default. Such settings can be changed so that the automatic administration of the cookies is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed whenever the cookies are sent to his/her terminal. Detailed information about the possibilities and ways of cookie management can be found in the settings area of the application (web browser). Cookies use limitation may affect certain functionality of the web page.
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the focal point of the Internet efficient operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some sites usage impossible.
Rejecting or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to focus on your preferences and interests, highlighted by your browsing behaviour.
Examples of important cookies usage (which do not require a user to authenticate through an account):
- Content and services adapted to user preferences – categories of products and services; Offers adapted to users' interests – password retention;
- Retaining child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search features);
- Limiting the frequency of ads distribution – limiting the number of times an advertisement is displayed for a particular user on a website;
- Providing more relevant advertising to the user;
- 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 carry out cookies usage analyses in order to improve websites for the users’ benefit.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or auto-run. As a result, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks in order to be run or replicated. Because they cannot perform such functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies may be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users' 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 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 cookies acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other cookies-related security issues: 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 data the transmission, the information contained in the cookie may be intercepted.
Although a very rare situation, 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 use afterwards the information in order to gain unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of personal information protection.
Tips for safe and responsible cookies-based browsing.
Here are some tips that can ensure for you a no-worries but cookies-assisted browse:
Customize your browser settings for cookies in order to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you; If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for your browsing history and personal access data storage; If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is one way to access the sites 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 site 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 cookie-based attacks are effected by exploiting the weaknesses of browsers older versions.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and largest sites 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 sites 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 have browser settings so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a specific site. 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.
In order 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 the website:
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies