1. POLICY FOR USING COOKIESi

This policy is related to the cookies and web pages operated by S.C. ILEX TRADING S.R.L.

2. WHAT ARE COOKIES?

The cookie is a small-size file formed of letters and numbers stored on the computer, the mobile terminal 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 (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely passive (does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information from the user’s hard drive)..

3. WHAT ARE COOKIES USED FOR?

These files enable the recognition of the user’s terminal and content presentation in a relevant way, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies provide users a pleasant navigation experience and support the efforts of www.ilexgold.com to provide comfortable services to users: e.g. preferences in terms of online confidentiality, shopping cart or relevant advertisement. Moreover, cookies are used in preparing anonymous aggregate statistics which help us understand how a user benefits from our web pages, allowing the development of their structure and content, excluding the personal identification of the user.

4. WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?

We use two types of Cookies: per session and fixed cookies. The latter are temporary files which remain in the user’s terminal until the end of the session or the closing of the application (of the web browser). Fixed files remain for a period on the user’s terminal in the Cookie’s parameters or until deleted manually by the user.

5. HOW DOES THIS SITE USE THE COOKIES?

Visiting the site may place cookies for the following purposes:

  • Site performance cookies

  • Visitor analysis cookies

  • Geo-targeting cookies

  • Recording cookies

  • Advertisement cookies

  • Advertisement supplier cookies

6. DO COOKIES CONTAIN PERSONAL DATA?

Cookies themselves don’t require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, they don’t personally identify the internet users. The personal data collected by using Cookies may be collected only to enable certain functionalities for the user. This data is crypted in such a way that restricts the access of unauthorized people.

7. DELETING COOKIES

Generally, an application used to access web pages enables saving Cookies on the terminal by default. These settings may be changed so the automatic Cookie management is blocked by the web browser or the user is informed each time Cookies are sent to its terminal. Detailed information regarding the possibilities and ways to manage Cookies are found in the setting area of the application (web browser). Limiting the use of Cookies may affect certain functionalities of the web page.

8. WHY ARE COOKIES IMPORTANT FOR THE INTERNET?

Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, they help generate a friendly navigation experience and an experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or deactivating cookies can make certain sites impossible to use.

Refusing or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertisements, but they will not consider your preferences and interests, highlighted by the navigation behavior. The following are examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentication of the user through an account):

  • Content and services adapted to the user’s preferences – product and service range

  • Offers adapted to the user’s interests – password saving

  • Limiting the frequency of broadcasting advertisements – limiting the number of displays of a commercial for a certain user on a site

  • Providing more relevant advertisements for the user

  • Measuring, optimizing and analytics features, such as confirming a certain traffic level on a website, the type of content visualized and the way in which the user reaches a website (e.g. by search engines, directly, from other websites etc.). Websites perform these analyses for their use to improve the sites for the benefit of the users.

9. SECURITY AND ISSUES REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY

Cookies ARE NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not formed of code pieces, thus they cannot be executed and they cannot self-circulate. Therefore, they cannot be duplicated or copied on other networks to be circulated or copied again. Because they cannot meet these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. However, cookies may be used in negative ways. Due to the fact that they save information regarding user preferences and navigation history, on a certain site and on many more sites, cookies may be used as a form of Spyware. Many antispyware products are aware of this and constantly mark cookies to be deleted in the procedures for deleting/scanning of anti-viruses/antispyware.

Generally, browsers have confidentiality settings which provide different levels for accepting cookies, validity periods and automatic deletion after the user visited a certain site.

Other security aspects related to cookies:

Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of each internet user, we recommend being aware the potential damage cookies can create. This is because they constantly transfer back and forth information between the browser and the website, if an attacker or an unauthorized person interferes with the data transfer process, information included in cookies may be intercepted. Although very rare, this may occur if the browser is connected to the server using a non-crypted network (e.g. an unsecured Wifi network). Other attacks based on cookies imply wrong settings for cookies on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only crypted channels, the attackers may use this vulnerability to fool browsers in order to send information through unsecured channels. Then, the attackers use the information for unauthorized access on certain sites. It’s important to be careful when selecting the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.

Advice for a safe and responsible navigation, based on cookies

Due to their flexibility and the fact that many of the most visited sites and the biggest sites use cookies, they are almost inevitable. Deactivating cookies will not allow access to the user on the most popular and used sites such as Youtube, Gmail, Yahoo and other.

  • Personalize your browser setting in terms of cookies to reflect a comfortable level for your safe use of cookies

  • If cookies don’t bother you and you are the only one using the computer, you can set long expiration terms for the saving of the navigation history and personal access data

  • If you share access to the computer, you may consider setting the browser to delete individual navigation data each time you close the browser. This is an option to access sites which place cookies and delete any visitation information when closing the navigation session

  • Constantly install and update antispyware applications.

Many spyware detection and prevention applications include detecting site attacks. Therefore, they prevent the browser from accessing websites which may exploit the browser’s vulnerabilities or download dangerous software. Make sure your browser is always up-to-date. Many attacks based on cookies are performed exploiting the weak links of older versions of the browser.

Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to have access to the best and biggest local or international Internet sites. By clearly understanding their way of operating and their benefits, you can take the necessary means of security so you may safely navigate the internet. Deactivating and refusing cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Moreover, refusing cookies does not mean you will no longer receive/see only advertisements. You may set the browser to no longer accept these cookies or to accept cookies from a certain site. However, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you cannot leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the possibility to change the cookie settings. These settings are generally found in options or in the preference menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be useful, thus you may use the option “help” of the browser for more details.

For cookie settings generated by third parties, you may also see other sites:: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro

10. USEFUL LINKS

For more information regarding cookies and their means of use, we recommend the following links: