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Cookies a description and why we need to use them

What is a Cookie?

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.

A cookie can only be used by the site that actually set it.

Types of cookies

There are several types of cookies and The Manuals Library uses two of these

A 'Session' cookie and a 'Tracking' cookie

'Session' cookie

When you log into The Manuals Library we create a database entry on the server containing detail such as your username and password otherwise you would continually be asked to log in.

Each time you access a page reserved for members our system needs to check that database and to enable it to look in the correct place we store a cookie on your computer containing. This cookie contains simply a reference.

'Tracking' cookie

Might sound sinister being tracked but all we do is use a web facility 'goClicky' which provides us with analytical information that enables us to make changes to the site based on actual users and the computer used, including operating system and browser etc.

No personal information is ever collected. It is solely information in the form of statistics - so many using Apple Mac's, FireFox or if a mobile device.

Can we disable cookies on our computer?

Yes 100% only problem is The Manuals Library, and many other websites (particularly those requiring logging in to) will no longer work!