OUR COOKIE USE POLICY
This policy refers to cookies and web pages operated by SC Hieroglifs Translation S.R.L., and the website www.babel-key.com. The address of SC Hieroglifs Translation SRL is: strada Elena Caragiani 17, bloc 2 I, scara 2, apart. 13, sector 1, Bucuresti, Romania. Our contact information is Tel No, (+40) 372701748 or (+40) 726356051 and email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information presented below is intended to offer the user more information about placement, use and administration of “cookies” used by the website www.babel-key.com. If you need more information, or cannot find the information you require below, you c can contact us at (+40) 372701748, or at the email address email@example.com.
WHAT ARE COOKIES
A cookie is a small text file, consisting of letters and numbers, which is stored on a user’s computer, mobile device or other gadget, and which can access the Internet. A cookie is installed by a web server’s request from a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Chrome), and is completely “passive” (i.e. it does not contain software, viruses or spyware, and cannot access any information on the hard drive).
A cookie contains two parts: the name and the content, or the value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is determined, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again, and that is only when the user returns to the site associated with that web server. On their own, cookies do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
WHAT ARE COOKIES USED FOR?
These text files make it possible for a website to recognize a user’s device, and to display content that is most relevant to them and their preferences. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience, assisting our efforts to provide user-friendly services, e.g. preferences regarding online confidentiality, shopping basket settings or personalised advertising. They are also used to compile aggregated, anonymous statistics, which help us to understand how a user makes use of our web pages. This allows us, over time, to improve the structure and content of our web pages, but without seeing the user’s personal identity.
Cookies store important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (e.g. the language settings used to access a website, keeping a user logged in to a webmail account, online banking security and holding products in a shopping cart).
WHY ARE COOKIES IMPORTANT FOR WEBSITES?
Cookies are the core element for the efficient functioning of the internet, and they help generate a user-friendly browsing experience that is adapted to each user’s preferences and interests. Blocking or disabling cookies may have a negative impact on the usability of some websites.
Blocking or deactivating cookies does not mean that you will no longer see online advertising. It only means that these will no longer be based on the preferences and interests that would be evident through your browsing behaviour.
WHICH COOKIES DO WE USE?
We use two types of cookies:
Session cookies. These are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser, and held in a memory location until the user exits the respective website or closes the browser window (e.g. when logging in or logging out of a webmail or social media account).
Persistent cookies. These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (generally for a predetermined period that depends on its life span). Persistent cookies include those placed by a third-party web domain, rather than the one the user is visiting at that time. This can be used anonymously to store the users’ interests so that the most relevant advertising will be delivered to the user.
Through visiting the www.babel-key.com website, the following types of cookies may be placed on your device:
• Strictly necessary cookies
• Performance cookies
• User analysis cookies
• Geo-targeting cookies
• Registration cookies
• Advertising cookies
• Advertising provider’s cookies.
The strictly necessary cookies are essential for the smooth operation of a website. These cookies do not require your prior consent to be downloaded to your device. You can set your browser to block these cookies but, in this case, certain sections of the website will not function properly.
This website uses Google Analytics and Google AdWords. This is for collecting information about how visitors use this website as well as detecting potential browsing problems. Google Analytics stores information about the pages that are visited, the duration of the browsing activity, how the site was accessed and the sections accessed within each page. No personal information is stored, so this information cannot be used to identify a user.
We use Google AdWords cookies to make our advertising more relevant to our visitors. Common functions of cookies include selecting ads based on user relevance, improving the reporting of performance campaigns, and to avoid displaying ads that the user has already seen.
DO COOKIES CONTAIN PERSONAL DATA?
SECURITY AND PROBLEMS RELATED TO YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format. They are not compiled pieces of code, so they cannot be executed, and nor are they self-executing. Accordingly, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks in order to execute and replicate again. As they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard definition of a virus. However, cookies can be used for malicious purposes. Since they store information about the user’s preferences and browser history, cookies can be used as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products are well aware of this problem and routinely flag cookies to be deleted in standard virus and/or spyware scans. See here for some privacy issues and concerns. Browsers generally, have built-in privacy settings, which provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security threats associated with cookies. Since identity protection is highly valued, and is every internet user’s right, it is advisable to be aware of any threats that cookies can pose. As cookies are transmitted back and forth between a browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorised person intervenes during the data transmission, the sensitive cookie information can be intercepted. Although quite a rare occurrence, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (such as a non-secured Wi-Fi network). Other cookie-based attacks involve using faulty cookie-setting systems on servers. If a website does not require browsers to use encrypted channels only, attackers can make use of this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending sensitive information over insecure channels. The attackers then siphon off the sensitive data in order to gain unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful, and to choose the most appropriate means for protecting your personal information.
TIPS FOR SAFE COOKIE-BASED WEB BROWSING
Here are some tips that can ensure you worry-free browsing, even with the help of cookies:
Customise your browser’s cookie settings to reflect your comfort level for using cookie security.
If you don’t mind cookies, and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access information.
If you share access on your computer device, you may want to set your browser to delete your personal browsing data each time you close your browser. This way, you can access websites that place cookies, yet still delete any sensitive user information when you finish your own browsing session.
Install and maintain anti-spyware applications.
Spyware detection and prevention applications include the detection of website attacks. Therefore, they prevent the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software. Make sure you always have the latest version installed on your browser.
Cookie attacks are based on exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers. Cookie-based attacks are carried out all over the World Wide Web, and these cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best, and largest, websites on the Internet. By clearly understanding how they operate, and the benefits they bring, you can implement the necessary security measures for browsing the Internet with confidence.
HOW CAN I BLOCK COOKIES
Disabling and refusing 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 be seeing online advertising.
It is possible to set your browser to stop accepting cookies, or alternatively you can set your browser to accept only certain cookies.
All modern browsers offer the possibility of changing your cookie settings. These settings are usually found under the “options” or “preferences” menus of your browser.
Cookies are an integral part of your web browsing experience. They have a useful function, and are leveraged by technology to help give users a better, faster, more personal, and more satisfying experience, both on the Internet generally, and on the www.babel-key.com website. As long as you follow the basic security rules, and make good use of their control tools, using them and the services they provide will not be harmful for you.