Cookies are sometimes looked at in a bad light. However, most are there to help you with your web experience. So what do cookies do and how do we use them?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.
Below is the content of a typical cookie. This one is from the Hotmail service and has the filename email@example.com (.txt is the standard filename extension for text files):
HMP1 1 hotmail.msn.com/ 0 1715191808 32107852 1236821008 29449527 *
The codes will only make sense to Microsoft's MSN Hotmail servers.
Cookies for the internet were originally developed in 1995 by the Netscape Communications Corporation. The word 'cookie' comes from 'magic cookie,' a term in programming languages for a piece of information shared between co-operating pieces of software. The choice of the word cookie appears to come from the American tradition of giving and sharing edible cookies.
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.
Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users' web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).
Yes there are a number of different Cookies:
Session, or transient cookies
Cookies that are stored in the computer's memory only during a user's browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user's computer when the browser is closed.
These cookies usually store a session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly. They are widely used by commercial web sites (for example, to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping cart).
Session cookies are never written on the hard drive and they do not collect any information from the user's computer. Session cookies expire at the end of the user's browser session and can also become no longer accessible after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time, usually 20 minutes.
Permanent, persistent, or stored cookies
Cookies that are stored on the user's computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. Permanent cookies can retain user preferences for a particular web site, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions.
Permanent cookies can be used to identify individual users, so they may be used by web sites to analyse users' surfing behaviour within the web site. These cookies can also be used to provide information about numbers of visitors, the average time spent on a particular page and generally the performance of the web site. They are usually configured to keep track of users for a prolonged period of time, in some cases many years into the future.
If you have Adobe Flash installed on your computer (most computers do), small files may be stored on your computer by websites that contain Flash media, such as video clips. These files are known as Local Shared Objects (LSOs) or Flash cookies. They can be used for the same purposes as regular cookies (properly called HTTP cookies).
Flash cookies can also back up the data that is stored in a regular cookie. When you delete cookies using your browser controls, your Flash cookies are not affected. So a website that served a cookie to you may recognise you on your next visit if it backed up its now-deleted cookie data to a Flash cookie.
You can control Flash cookies. Adobe's website offers tools to control Flash cookies on your computer and users of the Firefox browser can also get an add-on to detect and delete Flash cookies.
No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and modern versions of both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.
All of the cookies on this website do not record personal information as regards your name address etc. They are used to help us understand how engaging the website pages. It allows us, in some cases to adjust some pages so that you are presented with the most relevant page based on your search.
All of these cookies can be blocked within your web browser settings.
We use a page tracking cookie to show us pages viewed on the website. This cookie records IP address to track movements around the website. It allows us to keywords used within Google to find webs pages and to help use format pages so the best page is displayed upon your search. It doe not indicate you personally.
It also gives us information if old index pages are still trying to be viewed and if there any broken internal or external page links on the website. It also records the use of internal searches used and will display results on the website.
This is a cookie that shows us how the website ranks against other websites in a global market and tracks progress over time. It gives information on which external websites link to this website. SEO auditing, website traffic, keywords.
Used to update the Bing web browser and index web pages on the Bing search engine. Like Google is also a page tracking cookie. No personal data is recorded or used.
Yandex is used to index the website and all of its content. This allows you to easily find articles, pdf, images and video that may be on this website. Indexing helps you as a user find what you are looking for easier
The StatCounter Cookie again tracks visitors to this website. It recalls IP address and provides information about your visit. It will show if you are a returning visitor to the website a new viewer, the pages you have visited and the length of stay. It will also show links used to exit pages both internal or external. This cookie will or show the screen resolution used, OS, and search engine that you may have used to find pages. It will also show external links used to this website. It does not show Google search keywords and does not record personal information.
If you email us directly or use one of the mail forms on this website the detail you provide is used for the correspondence purposes only. The details you may provide name, email and on some occasions, your telephone number will be stored in order to provide you with information relating to your enquiry/subsequence enquires. By emailing us you give us permission to retain this information for this purpose. If your enquiry is advertising, article related we may from time to time send you dart event details. You can, if you wish, unsubscribe from this for correspondance at anytime.
We do not sell or pass on your information to third parties for marketing purposes.
If your correspondence is related to marketing/business transactions your email correspondence will be retained for transactional purposes.
We are not responsible for the use of third party websites linked to this website. Please see their own cookies and EU privacy Policies.
When in use the Darts501 website also displays the last Twitter Tweets on each page. And again, a third-party cookie will record you If you click on the Twitter link featured.
UK and European law states this information must be provided to you even if it is a small statement that the website you are visiting contains cookies. If however the website is registered outside the UK or European Union then no suck information is required yet the site you may be visiting may still contain cookies.
Details regarding advertising can be found on the Advertising Page and are subject to the terms and conditions of the website.
Marketers making advertising enquiries may periodically receive additional information as regards future Darts events. You can Opt-out receiving such information at any time.
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Information regarding such events can allow you to forward plan any advertising campaign you may wish to consider.
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NO! Please be assured that information from the StatCounter is for the web designer and or owner of the website use only. The information it provides is not sold or seen by others.
The simple answer is yes. There is a number of things you can do. Firstly you can view your own PC setting internet option and browser setting. The internet options setting can be found on Windows PC's by going to the control panel / internet options. Select privacy / advanced and you can then change the Cookies from the general default to accept to Prompt. Please be aware some sites may require you to accept cookies in order for the site to run correctly. Browser setting can be changed by viewing the browser are selecting setting. In most cases the browser will look directly at the internet options you have already set however you may find one or two extra options here and this will depend on the browser you use.
StatCounter is used on this site to record viewer visits and changing your setting you can block many programs like this. Websites don't have to display hit rates but that doesn't mean that they are not running a StatCounter in the background. If you feel you would like to remove you PC from being recorded by StatCounter you can by following this link button below.
More information about Cookies and how and why they are used can be found here: Aboutcookies.org
New EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) Information Commissioners Office (ico)
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