This policy was last updated on 01.02.2022 and will be periodically reviewed and updated.
The information presented below aims to inform the user more details about the placement, use and administration of “cookies” used by the site seamanshelp.com.
In what we call “web 2.0”, “cookies” play an important role in facilitating access to and delivery of multiple services that the user enjoys on the Internet.
“Cookie” is a minimal piece of information that is transmitted to your browser by our web server and is saved on your computer’s hard drive. The operator uses cookie information to generate content and services that are as accurate and personalized as possible for site visitors. For example, we may use information to find out what geographic region you are in and how often you access our site. You can block the installation of cookies on your hard drive, but please note that blocking cookies may affect the performance of the website.
Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used by users, so that they can make them even more efficient and accessible to users.
Allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience;
Improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What are cookies
An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply a “cookie”) is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, 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 (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the hard drive user).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of a cookie is technically determined, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that web server.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
What are the advantages of cookies?
A cookie contains information that links a web browser (user) to a specific web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many sites to provide comfortable services to users: eg – online privacy preferences, site language options, or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the site, and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (‘cookie -uri permanent ‘). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through the browser settings.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most popular and to see how visitors move within the site. All information collected by these cookies is anonymous and is described below.
There are 2 major categories of cookies:
Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser so that it can store them until the user leaves the respective website or closes the browser window (eg when logging in / delegations on a web-mail account or on social networks).
Persistent Cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depend on the default lifetime for the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as “third party cookies” – which can be used anonymously. to memorize a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered.
What are third-party cookies?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties / providers (eg news box, video or advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the website. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.
How cookies are used by this site
Cookies can be used for different purposes. First of all, cookies may be needed to ensure the proper functioning of the website. For example, without cookies, it can be difficult for the website to remember that you are logged in or what services you use. These are called mandatory cookies.
Cookies can be used to analyze how a website is used, to count the number of visitors and to find out how the website can be improved. We do not associate website usage statistics and other reports with individuals. These cookies are called analytical cookies.
For example, our site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”) which contributes to the analysis of the use of the site. For this purpose, Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer.
The information generated by cookies about how the site is used – standard internet usage log information (including your IP address) and information about visitor behavior in an anonymous form – is transmitted to Google and stored by this, including on servers in the United States. Before being sent to Google, your IP address is anonymized.
In accordance with its “Privacy Shield” certification, Google declares that it complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. Google may transfer information collected by Google Analytics to a third party where required to do so by law, or where such third party processes the information on Google’s behalf.
A visit to this site may place cookies for the purposes of:
* Site performance cookies
* Visitor analysis cookies
* Cookies for geo-targeting
* Registration cookies
* Cookies for advertising
* Cookies of advertising providers
These cookies may come from the following third parties: Google, Zontera, AddThis, SATI, Facebook, Telemetry, etc.
These cookies are necessary for the operation of the website. These are usually set only in response to actions taken by you that represent a service request, such as authentication or filling out forms. You can set your browser to block or warn you about these cookies, but certain parts of the site will not work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so there is no need to set them each time you visit the site.
* video player volume settings
* the speed of video streaming with which the browser is compatible
Cookies for visitor analysis
Each time a user visits this site the analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows monitoring the unique users who visit us and how often they do it.
These cookies are used by a software that determines which country you come from. It is completely anonymous and is only used to target content – even when you are on our page in Romanian or in another language you receive the same advertisement.
Cookies for registration
When you register on this site, we generate a cookie that notifies us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account you are registered with and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comment you post on our site with your username. If you have not selected “keep me registered”, this cookie will be deleted automatically when you close your browser or computer.
These cookies allow us to find out whether or not you have viewed an online advertisement, what its type is and how long it has been since you saw the advertising message.
We also use these cookies to target online advertising. We may also use third-party cookies to better target advertising, to show, for example, holiday advertisements, if the user has recently visited an article on a holiday site. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the content viewed, not about users.
We also set anonymous cookies through other sites on which we advertise. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that site, if you later visit our site, we will be able to deliver advertising based on this information.
Cookies for advertising providers
Much of the advertising you find on this site belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people have been exposed to an advertisement, or to see how many people have been exposed several times to the same advertisement.
The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and this site does not have access to read or write these cookies. Third-party cookies may be used to show you targeted advertising on other sites, based on your browsing on this site.
Other third party cookies
On some pages, third parties may set their own anonymous cookies, in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Due to the use of this site, this site cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies held by this site.
For example, when you distribute an article using the social media button on this site, that social network will record your activity.
What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a web site to recognize a browser. The web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. The cookie stores important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (eg: the settings of the language in which you want to access a site; keeping a user logged in to the web-mail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some sites impossible to use.
Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted by browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to authenticate through an account):
Content and services tailored to user preferences – categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
Offers adapted to users’ interests – password retention, language preferences (Ex: displaying search results in Romanian).
Retention of child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
Limit the frequency of ad serving – Limit the number of impressions of an ad for a particular user on a site.
Providing more user-relevant advertising.
Measurement, optimization and analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a web-site, what type of content is viewed and how a user gets to a web-site (eg through search engines, directly from other web-sites etc). Websites conduct these analyzes of their use to improve the sites for the benefit of users.
Security and user privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses and do not collect personal data!
They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. Because they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
However, cookies may be used to the detriment of users by Spyware programs. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Anti-spyware applications have the role of marking cookies to be deleted during anti-virus / anti-spyware scanning procedures. Browsers have integrated privacy settings that offer different levels of acceptance of cookies – such as the validity period and automatic deletion at the end of a web session.
Other security issues related to cookies
Because identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because through them information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the web-site, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during the transmission of data, 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 web site does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to gain unauthorized access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting your personal information available online.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing, based on cookies.
Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
If you do not 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 data.
If you share access to your computer, you may want to consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access the sites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include site attack detection. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download malicious software. Make sure your browser is always up to date. Many of the cookie-based attacks are exploited by exploiting the weaknesses of older versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot 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 so that you can surf the Internet with confidence.
Detailed information, updated periodically, about the cookies used by our site can be found below.
How can I stop cookies?
You can manage cookie preferences in the pop-up window of our site or browser settings.
Most browsers allow you to:
* see what cookies you have and delete them individually
* to block cookies from third parties
* to block cookies of certain sites
* block the setting of all cookies
* delete all cookies when you close the browser
If you disable all (our) cookies in the browser settings, certain sections or functions of our websites may not work, as the browser may prevent us from setting cookies necessary for the operation of the site. Therefore, we recommend that you do not disable all cookies in your web browser.
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, the refusal to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive / see online advertising.
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. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.
All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use the “help” option of the browser for more details.
In the list below you can find more information on how to disable cookies or how to manage cookie settings for the browser you use:
Internet Explorer – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835/en
Internet Explorer – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies
Google Chrome – https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox – http://support.mozilla.org/ro/kb/cookie-urile
For the settings of cookies generated by third parties, you can also consult the website: youronlinechoices.com.