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(Sorry couldn't post earlier to explain due to the same issue so could only respond to those who emailed... But is all in hand now. The emoticons are apparently queueing for a riverside view of the Jubilee celebrations next weekend but will be back once they have secured their pitch)
I have left a message on cookies thread as they didn't know about this thread and an explanation! Clear? Well I have to go and get on the WI float to deliver their torch to the next village now. So be back....and hope sorted before next weekend! phew.... Previous village is arriving as land army on a tractor we are leaving on flat bed farm truck as synchronised (codger) swimmers and to be greeted by 'strawberries' in following village. May put video on utube...just to show what grans are made of?
From what I understand, cookies follow your usage of your computer so that adverts can be targetted by people who sell what you have recently looked at. I've been looking for a dress for our youngest daughter's wedding party recently and have seen loads of adverts on my computer for dresses. Unfortunately the sellers have not spotted that I'm 63, fairly conservative in my dress and rather too large for some of the things that keep appearing!
Someone else will say if that isn't correct, I'm sure!
Cookies are little messages that some sites leave on your computer when you view pages. They have stuff in them which lets the site recognise you when you return another day. In GNs case they must be references to your log-in details, because sites do not keep all that log-in stuff themselves (not enough space for everyone's details)
You can set your browser to either accept all cookies, only keep them for a day, accept none, or ask you each time whether to keep each one. And you can make exceptions for certain sites if you get fed up being asked every time you visit a new site.
If you use Firefox, you can set your policy on cookies by going to "Options" on the menu bar, then to "History" and then in the "Firefox will....." bit, choose what you want to happen about cookies. I can't help you with IE, but it will have some way of being in charge.
Third party cookies (one of the choices) are cookies that come, not from the site you are looking at, but from an associated site.
What I do is to accept cookies for a day, except for sites that I have specified and know that I want to have logging me in or sending me adverts.
You don't need to download them, Jacey they download themselves.
To be fair, they are useful when you are on the site as they facilitate the way the data goes back and forward from site to you to site (don't ask the technical details, because I am a little shaky on that. I just know that the computer their end has to know that you have received one chunk before it can send you the next) but of course all the webmasters are onto the bandwagon and drop several cookies onto you whether they are needed or not. A lot of them are from associated advertising sites which report back statistics on site usage.
They have a "sell-by date " when they expire, but some of these dates are years ahead - not necessary! Mostly, they are only needed for that session on the net.
I just checked, I did have cookies from Gransnet, Mumsnet and mumsnet ads so you probably do too.