Task 5, Question 9

Does the site use cookies? Find out what cookies are and explain how they are used.

 

“The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users and possibly prepare customised Web pages or to save site login information for you.”(Beal, 2017)   A cookie is usually used in a website that wants you to fill in details of yourself, for example a login. It then stores this information and every time you go back onto the website it will send for that cookie, usually its stored on your own hard disk. There are two types of cookies, persistent cookies which are the ones that save onto your hard disk and session cookies which is erased from your browser once you close it. “Each cookie is effectively a small lookup table containing pairs of (key, data) values – for example (firstname, John) (lastname, Smith). Once the cookie has been read by the code on the server or client computer, the data can be retrieved and used to customise the web page appropriately.” (whatarecookies.com, 2017) Cookies are usually harmless but there has been a big up roar recently for advertising company’s using cookies to track peoples search patterns similar to the way amazon will recommend you garden tools if your only after buying hedge clippers. When I went, and looked our website sportsdirect.com had 13 cookies saved on my browser. Most of it is gibberish but you can see a cookie for logging into the website and another one for advertising. So maybe they have bought information to track users as well.

cookies

References

BEAL, V.

What are Internet Cookies and What Do Cookies Do? – Webopedia.com

 The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages or to save site login information for you.

In-text: (Beal, 2017)

Your Bibliography: Beal, V. (2017). What are Internet Cookies and What Do Cookies Do? – Webopedia.com. [online] Webopedia.com. Available at: http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/all_about_cookies.asp [Accessed 6 Apr. 2017].

 WHAT ARE COOKIES – COMPUTER COOKIES – WHAT IS A COOKIE

 Each cookie is effectively a small lookup table containing pairs of (key, data) values – for example (firstname, John) (lastname, Smith). Once the cookie has been read by the code on the server or client computer, the data can be retrieved and used to customise the web page appropriately.

In-text: (Whatarecookies.com, 2017)

Your Bibliography: Whatarecookies.com. (2017). What are Cookies – Computer Cookies – What is a Cookie. [online] Available at: http://www.whatarecookies.com/ [Accessed 11 May 2017].

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