Cookies, T&C, Privacy Policies etc.
However, as we’re talking about web speak, a cookie is little bit of text stored on your computer by a website that records what pages you’ve visited etc. so that when you come back again it knows what you’ve already looked at.
So, what’s wrong with that, and what’s all the fuss about? Years ago, before we got bothered with security, cookies used to store all sorts of stuff like usernames, passwords and credit card details as well, so that if your computer became infected with a virus that information could be gathered and sent to the bad guys! Happily, this doesn’t happen any more, but the cookie information does get used by web advertisers to bring up ads that are relevant to pages you have recently visited. Just try searching for a stairlift and see how you get bombarded by adverts for stairlifts for a few days afterwards.
You can turn cookies off in your browser, but many websites require them or they may not work as expected; secondly you can use software to clean up cookies from your computer but this is a double-edged sword as you will see from what follows about T&C and Privacy Policies.
So that’s it … Hobson’s Choice … you either agree to all the cookies etc. or go and live in a cave, and with Christmas coming up soon, I may just go and do that J. Whatever your standpoint, there is nothing sinister about all this stuff, nobody is remotely interested in your personal habits or browsing, they just have to tick some boxes and harvest some marketing data.
Added: 5th December 2018