This policy relates to cookies and web pages operated by GREEN DESIGN AUTOMATION S.R.L. and the website www.gdaservices.com.
The information presented below aims to provide the user with more details about the placement, use, and management of „cookies” used by the website www.gdaservices.com. If you need more information that is not presented below, you can contact us at the telephone number +40 371 689 733 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie is a small file, containing letters and numbers, which will be placed on the computer, mobile device or other equipment used to access the Internet. The cookie is installed through a request sent by the web-server of a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely „passive” (it does not contain software, viruses or spyware and it cannot access information on the hard drive).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web-server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns on the website associated to that web-server. Cookies do not request personal data in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify users on the Internet.
WHAT ARE COOKIES USED FOR?
These files enable the recognition of the user’s device and present the content in a relevant manner, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies ensure a pleasant browsing experience for users and support our efforts to offer comfortable services to users: e.g. – preferences relating to online privacy, shopping cart or relevant advertising. Furthermore, these are used to prepare anonymous aggregated statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our webpages, allowing us, in time, to improve their structure and content, but without the personal identification of users.
The cookie stores important information that improves the browsing experience on the Internet (e.g.: setting the language in which a website is accessed; keeping a user logged in on the webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).
WHY ARE COOKIES IMPORTANT FOR THE INTERNET?
Cookies are crucial to the efficient performance of the Internet, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience, geared towards the preferences and interests of every user. Refusing or disabling cookies may render some website impossible to use.
Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – only that this will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, indicated by your browsing behavior.
WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
We use two types of Cookies:
Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser so that it remembers them until the user leaves that website or closes the browser window (e.g.: when logging in/signing off on a webmail account or on social media)
Persistent cookies – these are stored on the hard drive of the computer or device (and, in general, depend on the predetermined duration of cookies). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at that moment – known as „third party cookies” – which may be used anonymously to remember a user’s interests, in order to provide advertising that is more relevant to users.
HOW ARE COOKIES USED BY THIS WEBSITE?
A visit on the www.gdaservices.com website may place the following types of cookies:
- Necessary cookies
- Website performance cookies
- Tracking cookies
- Geotargetting cookies
- Registration cookies
- Advertising cookies
- Advertising providers cookies
Necessary cookies are essential for the proper performance of the website. These cookies do not require your prior consent to be downloaded on your device. You may set your browser to block these cookies, but, in doing so, some sections of the website will not function properly.
The website uses Google Analytics / Google AdWords cookies to collect information about how visitors use this website and to detect possible browsing issues. Google Analytics stores information about the pages visited, the duration of browsing on the website, how the website was accessed, as well as the sections accessed within the webpages. Since no personal data is stored, this information cannot be used to identify the user.
We use Google AdWords cookies so that advertising can become more relevant to the visitors. Common roles of cookies include: selecting ads based on relevance to the user, improving reporting on campaign performance, and avoiding displaying ads that the user has already seen.
DO COOKIES CONTAIN PERSONAL DATA?
Cookies do not request personal data in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify users on the Internet. Personal data collected by using cookies may only be collected to facilitate certain features for the user. Such data is encrypted in a way that makes it impossible for unauthorized persons to access it.
SECURITY AND PRIVACY ISSUES
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of portions of code so they cannot be executed or auto-run. As a result, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. Nonetheless, cookies may still be used for negative purposes. Since they store information about user preferences and browsing history, 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 acceptance for cookies, validity period, and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain website.
Other security aspects related to cookies: Since protecting the identity is extremely valuable and represents the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to know what possible issues cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly sent in both directions, between browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes in the data transmission process, the information contained by cookies may be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to a server using an unencrypted network (e.g.: an unsecured Wi-Fi network). Other attacks based on cookies involve wrong settings of cookies on servers. If a website does not request the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information over unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain websites. It is very important to pay attention when choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
ADVICE FOR A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE BROWSING, BASED ON COOKIES
Here is some advice that may ensure an uneventful browsing experience, with the help of cookies:
Personalize your browser cookie settings to reflect a comfortable level of security when using cookies.
If cookies do not bother you and you are the only person using the computer, you may set long expiration periods for storing the browsing history and personal access data.
If you share access to the computer, you may consider setting the browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is a way to access websites that place cookies and to delete any visit information upon closing the browsing session.
Install and update anti-spyware apps.
Spyware detection and prevention apps include detection of attacks on websites. Thus, these prevent the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software. Make sure that your browser has the latest version installed.
Attacks based on cookies are carried out by exploiting the weak points of old versions of browsers. Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to some of the best and biggest websites on the Internet. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can browse the Internet with confidence.
HOW CAN YOU DISABLE COOKIES?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may render some websites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Moreover, refusing to receive cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the browser to accept only certain cookies.
All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the „options” or „preferences” menu of your browser.
Cookies are an integral part of your Internet browsing experience. These have a positive role and are leveraged by technology to help users have a better, faster, more relevant, and more satisfactory experience on the www.gdaservices.com website, and on the Internet in general. As long as you follow minimum security rules and master the control tools over them, these do not have a negative impact and cannot be used against your interest.