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The use of cookies

This policy refers to the cookies and the Web pages operated by Bridge Language Study House.

 

What are Cookies?

 

The cookie is a small file consisting of letters and numbers that will be stored on the computer or other mobile terminal equipment of a user that is accessing the Internet. The cookie is installed by a request issued by a web server to a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive) .

 

What are cookies used for?

 

These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and presenting relevant content in a way that is adapted to user preferences. Cookies provide users a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts made by Bridge Language Study House to provide user comfort. They are also used for the preparation of anonymous, aggregated statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our website, allowing us to improve its structure and content, excluding the personal identification of the user.

 

What kinds of cookies do we use?

 

We use two types of cookies: per session and fixed. The latter are temporary files that remain in the user’s terminal until the end of the session or until the user is closing the application ( or of the web browser). The files remain fixed on the user’s terminal in the cookie parameters or until they are manually deleted by the user.

 

How are cookies used by this site?

 

A visit on this site may place cookies for the following purposes:

  • Website performance cookies
  • Visitor analysis cookies
  • Geotargetting cookies
  • Record cookies
  • Advertising cookies
  • Advertising providers cookies

Do cookies contain personal data?

 

The cookie itself does not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, it does not identify internet users personally. Personal data collected through the use of cookies is collected only to facilitate certain functionalities for the user. Such data are encrypted in a way that makes it impossible for unauthorized persons to use it.

 

Deleting Cookies

 

In general, an application used for viewing web pages allows you to save the cookies by default, on the terminal. These settings can be changed so that the automatic administration of cookies can be blocked by the web browser or inform the user every time cookies are sent to the terminal. Detailed information about possibilities and ways of managing Cookies can be found in the application’s settings (web browser). Limited use of cookies may affect some functionalities of the web page.

 

Why are cookies important for the Internet?

 

Cookies are the main element of efficient operations on the Internet and contribute to generating a friendly browsing experience, adapted to each user’s preferences and interests. The refusal or disabling of cookies can make some websites impossible to use. Disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising – it will no longer take into account your preferences and interests, usually evidenced by browsing behavior. Examples of important uses of cookies (that do not require user authentication through an account):

  • Content and services tailored to user preferences – categories of products and services
  • Offers tailored to users’ interests – withholding passwords
  • Withholding filters to protect children (family mode options, Safe Search functions)
  • Limiting the delivery rate of advertisments – limiting the number of views of an advertisement, for a particular user on a site
  • Providing more relevant advertisments to users
  • Measurement, optimization and features analytics – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is viewed and how does a user arrive on a website (eg through search engines directly from other websites etc.).

 

Security and confidentiality issues

 

Cookies are not viruses! They use type plain text formats. Cookies are not comprised of chunks of code so they can not be enforced and neither can auto-run. Consequently, they can not duplicate or replicate on other networks so that they can replicate or run again. Therefore, by not having these functions, they can not be considered viruses. Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Since they store preferences and 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 constantly mark cookies to be deleted in removal proceedings / scanning anti-virus / anti-spyware. Generally browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, validity period and auto deletion after the user has visited a particular site. Other security issues related to cookies: Because identity protection is very valuable and is the right of every internet user, it should be known what kind of problems cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during data transmission, 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 (eg unsecured WiFi network). Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong setting of cookies 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 insecure channels. Attackers then use the information with the purpose to have unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most suitable method of protecting personal information.

 

Tips for a safe and responsible navigation, based on cookies

 

Due to their flexibility and the fact that the majority of the most visited sites use cookies, these are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow user access to widely used websites including YouTube, Gmail, Yahoo and others. Here are some tips that can ensure carefree surfing while using cookies: Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level of security for you using cookies. If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person who uses the computer, you can set expiration dates for storing long browsing history and personal access data. If you share access to your computer, you may consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data every time you close the browser. This is an option of accessing sites that place cookies and deleting any visiting information when the browsing session closes. Install and update your antispyware applications constantly. Many applications for detection and prevention of spyware include detecting attacks on websites. Thus prevents the browser from accessing websites that may exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software. Make sure that you keep your browser updated. Many cookies based attacks are made by exploiting the weaknesses of old versions of browsers. Cookies are everywhere and can not 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 in order to confidently navigate the Internet. Disabling and refusal to accept cookies can make certain websites visited impractible or difficult to use/visit. Also, refusal to accept cookies does not mean you will not see/get online advertising. It is possible to set the browser so that these cookies will not be 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 allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings are typically found in “options” menu or “preferences” of your browser. To understand these settings, these links may be useful, otherwise you can use the “help” section of the browser for more details:

For settings for the cookies created by third parties, you can consult the website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/

 

Useful links

 

If you want to know more about cookies and how they are used, we recommend the following links: