What are cookies?
Cookies are not programs. They donâ€™t do anything at all. They are simple â€™text filesâ€™ which you can read using the Notebook program on your own PC. They are filed to your computer drive in order to save pertinent data the website needs to offer enhanced functionality.
What do they used for?
Cookies are used on the DOS site as part of the Submit a Record page. A cookie stores details of the last record entered
which is then read back after you press Submit Record and used to pre-fill certain fields for the next record. Without the cookie you would need to enter all the details for the next record rather than having
your name, membership number, and date prefilled.
Why all the fuss?
When cookies first started to appear, there was controversy. Some people regarded them as inherently sneaky - the fear was that your PC was being used (without warning) to store personal information about you, which could then be used to build a picture of your browsing habits.
Yes, web browsers nowadays allow you the option to block cookies.
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