Last Updated: May 2014
Have you ever wondered how websites remember your user name and password time you visit? Or how online store know which items you've added to your shopping cart? what makes these and other customized online experience is possible are cookies.
So what is a cookie?
It's a small file that websites place on visitors browsers. the information in the cookie file travels back and forth between the browser it's stored on say firefox , internet explorer and the websites the browser visits.
Let say i'm visiting jalsonic.com for the first time.
Jalsonic places a cookie on my browser. the next time i visit jalsonic news its seconds, days, or weeks later, my browser automatically sends jalsonic that same cookie with a cookie ID number that allow jalsonic to recognize my computer.
Cookies allow the sites you visit to recognize your you return and then tailor your online experience accordingly. its a lot like the claim check you get from the dry cleaners. when you come back for your clothes, the person working there uses the number on your claim check to make sure they give you the right stuff.
What else do cookies do?
On weather sites
the remember which cities you want the forecast for.
On e-commerce sites
they make sure all your selections are in your virtual shopping cart when you go to check out.
On finance sites
they allow you to easily track your stock portfolio without having to re-enter information every time you visit.
As you can see, cookies can save you a lot of time and hassle and like a claim check a cookie ID is usually just a combination of letters and numbers. Most of the time there's no personally identifiable information in a cookie file. No name, email address, or phone number. and cookies cannot be used to run programs on your computers, access information on your hard drive, or deliver viruses.
But that's not the whole cookie story. There are different types of cookies.
A First-party cookie is the kind of cookie i just told you about. A cookie that goes back an forth between and the website you're visiting, allowing that website to store information about your preferences.
Third-party cookies work a bit differently. unlink first-party cookies that travel back and forth between your browser and the website you're visiting, third-party cookies typically travel between your browser and the website of a company that's displaying an ad on the site you're visiting.
That'why they're called third-party cookies. Because the website sending cookies to your browser, usually an ad-serving company is actually a different site from the one you're visiting.
Choosing which cookies to refuse and which cookies to accept is totally up to you. just remember that if you disable your cookies, websites won't be able retrieve your prior preferences or save settings to customize your visits in the future.
Why does jalsonic allow cookies from other companies on its website?
1: collect statistics about how our website is used so we can improve our website
2: make sure you can see offers that are relevant to you
3: provide specific relevant content for your preferences and interests
4: allow the use of the online chat service
We use some cookies to track where you have come from, for example if you were referred to us by another website by collecting anonymous data. This lets us reward some external websites for referring customers to us. You'll sometimes see our advertising or special offers on other websites. Cookies provided by the other website or advertising network can tell us how effective this is. For example, if you click on one of our advertisements, the website owner might use a cookie to tell us that you came from their site. Cookies by themselves can't be used to find out the identity of any user. The information is completely anonymous and doesn't contain any of your personal data. Unless you choose to tell them, the third party sites will never know who you are even if they assign your browser a cookie.
What happens with social networks?
If you choose to 'share' Jalsonic content with friends through Facebook, Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
Analytics and research
To help us improve and understand how people use our services,
For example, cookies help us test different versions of our services to see which particular features or content users prefer. We might also optimize and improve your experience on Twitter by using cookies to see how you interact with our services, such as when and how often you use them and what links you click on. We may use Google Analytics to assist us with this. Learn more about the cookies you may encounter through our use of Google Analytics.
If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org.
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