Cookies and UK Horse Racing Tipster
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like whether you are logged into a members only area or other preferences.
Cookies in themselves are not dangerous and despite what you might have heard or seen on some “clean up” applications they are just small text files that cannot contain executable code that could be used to put a virus on your computer.
As well as helping the website function by allowing for members only areas there are other functions that Cookies do such as make advertising more relevant to your own interests and help the site owner know who is visiting their site e.g which country, town, type of browser and computer they use and the sites that send traffic to them. They are not sending your name or address around only details about the type of computer you are using whilst browsing.
There are different types of Cookies commonly referred to as session or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:
Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie.
These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated. These are generally the cookies that advertising companies or analytic tools such as Google and Facebook use. They do this to let site owners know how much traffic is coming to their sites, what type of visitors they are and also to target advertising to you and are also known as 3rd party cookies as they are not set by the website – ukhorseracingtipster.com but by 3rd party code such as Google Analytics, or Facebook Like buttons.
What Cookies does UK Horse Racing Tipster use?
If you are a registered member then when you login you will have a cookie set for the length of time you are logged into the site. This will disappear once you log out of the site and we need this cookie to know whether you are a registered member and have the correct access to the tips we provide.
We also make use of social media code such as Google+, Facebook “like” buttons and other social media options that allow you to share the site or a page on the site with your own followers on Facebook or Google. These cookies are 3rd party cookies and may stay for a set length of time on your computer even if it is turned off.
How do I view which cookies are being set on a website?
Some tools that will allow you to see which cookies are set on your computer include:
Ghostery which is a little application that can be used on most browsers that pops up a list of cookies being used on the site you are visiting. You can control the types of cookies you want to allow on a per site basis and block certain applications from setting cookies altogether. You can download this application from http://www.ghostery.com/.
The Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox allows you to disable cookies on a per site basis, view cookies being set and delete those you don’t want. It also has a number of features such as being able to see hidden form elements and turning off images. You can download this application from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-developer/.
There are many other plugins for modern browsers that let you block flash and image advertising which you can obtain from your browsers toolbar and a lot of modern browsers have options in their settings options that allow you to disable, delete and view cookies.
How do I disable cookies in my browser?
All modern browsers will let you:
- See what cookies you’ve got and delete them on an individual basis.
- Block third party cookies.
- Block cookies from particular sites.
- Block all cookies from being set.
- Delete all cookies when you close your browser.
Also, if you block cookies completely a lot of websites won’t work at all and some will have partial functionality. I would only recommend blocking 3rd party advertising cookies if you are considering blocking cookies at all.
If you want to block these 3rd party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off without affecting the cookies that make websites work.
The links below take you to the ‘Help’ sections for each of the major browsers so that you can find out more about how to manage your cookies.
Managing flash cookies
The most common types of cookies are those we have discussed above – HTTP cookies and you can control their use through the browser settings or plugins or even with tools like CCleaner and TuneUp Utilities which list out all cookies on your PC across all browsers you might have on your computer.
However as well as standard HTTP cookies there are cookies that can be set by flash objects. These are objects used by YouTube to play movies and other videos and they have their own storage system to log user settings.These are called Flash Local Stored Objects (LSOs).
To control these Flash cookies you should read the following document
To control the privacy aspects of LSOs you can visit the Adobe website: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html
Hopefully this document has helped you understand cookies a bit better and why they are used by the majority of websites. If you continue to use this website you are opting in to allowing this site and any widget or script loaded from a 3rd party to set cookies on your computer and it is your responsibility to control which cookies are used through the mechanisms described above.