1. The policy of the use of cookies
  2. This policy refers to cookies and web pages operated by the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest with its registered office in Bucharest, Marasti Boulevard, no. 59, district 1.

  3. What are cookies?
  4. The cookie is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user accessing the Internet. The cookie is installed by a web server’s request from 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 hard drive user).

  5. What are cookies used for?
  6. These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and present the content in a relevant way, tailored to the user’s preferences. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of the Belciugatele Teaching Station to provide comfortable services to users, such as preferences regarding online confidentiality, or relevant advertising. They are also used in the preparation of aggregated anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, excluding the user’s personal identification.

  7. What Cookies Do We Use?
  8. We use two types of cookies: per session and fixed. The latter are temporary files that remain in the user’s terminal until the session is terminated or the application is closed (the web browser). Fixed files remain on the user’s terminal for a period of time in the cookie settings or until they are manually deleted by the user.

  9. How are cookies used by this site?
  10. A visit to this site may place cookies for the purposes of:

    – Site performance cookies
    – Cookies for analyzing visitors
    – Cookies for geotargetting
    – Cookies for advertising
    – Cookies of advertising providers
  11. Do cookies contain personal data?
  12. 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 through the use of cookies can only be collected to facilitate certain functionalities for the user. Such data is encrypted in a way that makes it impossible for unauthorized persons to access it.

  13. Deleting Cookies
  14. In general, an application used to access web pages allows the cookies to be saved on the terminal by default. These settings can be changed so that the automatic administration of cookies is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed whenever cookies are sent to his terminal. Detailed information about the possibilities and ways of managing cookies can be found in the settings area of ​​the application (web browser). Limiting the use of cookies may affect certain functionalities of the web page.

  15. Why are cookies important for the Internet?
  16. Cookies are the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies can make some sites impossible to use.

    Refusing or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising, but that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted by your browsing behavior.

    Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require user authentication through an account):

    – Providing more relevant advertising to the user.
    – Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what kind of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (eg through search engines, directly, from other websites – hours etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
  17. Security and confidentiality issues
  18. Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor can they self-run. As a result, you cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.

    However, cookies can be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ 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 fact and are constantly flagging cookies for deletion in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.

    Generally, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

    Other security aspects related to cookies:
    Since identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what problems cookies may create. Because through them the information between the browser and the website is constantly transmitted in both directions, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted.

    Although this is very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (eg an unsecured WiFi 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 their browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. The attackers then use the information for the purpose of unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful when choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.

    Tips for safe and responsible browsing based on cookies.

    Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the most visited and largest websites use cookies, these are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies does not allow you access to the most popular and used sites including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.

    Here are some tips that can make sure you browse smoothly with cookies, however:

    – Customize your browser settings for cookies 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 deadlines for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
    – If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser…
    – Always install and update your anti-spyware applications.

    Many spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection. 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 cookie-based attacks are made by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
    Cookies are everywhere and can not be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and largest Internet sites – 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 web with confidence.
    Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make certain websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / see online advertising.
    It is possible to set it in your browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a particular 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 can usually be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
    To understand these settings, the following links below may be useful, so you can use the browser “help” option for more details.
    Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
    Cookie settings in Firefox
    Cookie settings in Chrome
    Cookie settings in Safari

  19. Useful Links
  20. If you would like to learn more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
    Microsoft Cookies guide
    All About Cookies