This policy refers to cookies and web pages of BOSANNI GREAT CONSULTING SRL.

What are cookies?

The cookie is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, which will be stored on the computer, mobile, tablet 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 (eg: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) and is completely “passive” (it does not contain software, viruses, malware or spyware and cannot access the information of on the hard drive of the user).

A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content of the cookie. Moreover, the existence of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web server that transmitted the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with the respective web server.

Cookies per session do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.

What are cookies used for?

These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and to present the content in a relevant way, according to the user’s preferences. Cookies provide users with a positive browsing experience and support Bosanni’s efforts to provide superior services to users: eg: shopping cart preferences. They are also used in the preparation of aggregated anonymous analyzes that help us understand how an internet user benefits from our web pages, thus allowing us to perfect their structure and content, without identifying the user personally.

What 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 the closure of the application (browser). The fixed files remain on the user’s terminal for a period of time in the cookie parameters or until they are manually deleted by the user.

How are cookies used?

An access to the site can place cookies for the purposes of:

(a) performance of the site
(b) visitor analysis
(c) geotargetting
(d) registration
(e) advertising

Do cookies still contain personal data?

Cookies do not require personal information to be used and, most of the time, do not personally identify Internet users. Personal data collected through the use of cookies can be collected only to facilitate certain functionalities for the user. This data is encrypted in a way that does not allow unauthorized persons access to it.

Deleting cookies

In general, an application used to access web pages by default allows cookies to be saved on the terminal. These settings can be changed in such a way that the automatic administration of the cookies is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed every time the cookies are sent to his terminal. Detailed information on the possibilities and methods of managing cookies can be found in the application settings area (web browser). Limiting the use of cookies can affect certain functionalities of the web page.

Why are cookies important for the Internet?

Cookies are the core of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate an easy browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies may make some sites impossible to use.
Refusing or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, evidenced by your browsing behavior.

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

(a) Content and services customized to user preferences – product categories.
(b) Offers tailored to users’ interests – password retention.
(c) Retaining child protection filters on Internet content (safe search).
(d) Limiting the frequency of advertising of ads – limiting the number of times an advertisement is displayed for a particular user on a site.
(e) Providing user relevant advertising.
(f) Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, the type of content viewed and how a user reaches a website (eg through direct search engines, from other websites) (etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use to improve the websites for the benefit of the users.
Security and confidentiality issues

Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not composed of pieces of code so they cannot be executed, nor can they run automatically. 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 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 fact and are constantly flagging cookies for deletion.

In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity interval and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular website.

Other security aspects regarding cookies

Because the protection of identity and personal data is very important and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what possible 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 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” browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. The attackers then use the information for the purpose of unauthorized visiting certain sites. It is very important to be careful when choosing the right method of protecting personal information.

Useful tips for safe and responsible browsing

Due to their flexibility and the fact that most of the largest websites use cookies, these are almost inevitable. Disabling cookies will not allow user access to the most popular and used sites including Gmail, Yahoo, Youtube, etc.
Here are some tips that can ensure you navigate without worry but with the help of cookies:

(a) Customize your webbrowser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level for you regarding cookies.
(b) If you are disturbed by cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you may set long deadlines for storing your browsing history and personal access data.
(c) If you share access to the computer, you may consider setting the browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close the web browser. This is an option to access the websites that place cookies and to delete any visiting information at the end of the browsing session.
(d) Install and constantly update anti-spyware applications.

Many spyware detection and prevention applications include cyber attack detection on websites. 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 performed 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 sites on the Internet – both local and international. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can safely surf the Internet.

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 site. All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in “options” or in the “preferences” menu of your browser.

To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the “help” option in the browser.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome