What are cookies?
A cookie is a tiny text message file written to your computer (or whatever you use to surf the web) from the website you are visiting. It's like the website sending your computer an SMS text and your computer sending the same message back later on. Can an SMS damage your phone? No. Similarly cookies can't harm your computer. Cookies are not a virus or spam.
Remember that despite the apparent awareness of what 'you' are doing, you are still anonymous and using cookies does not mean the websites know who you are.
Most of them is the answer. Obvious examples are BBC, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Yahoo and pretty much all forums and blogs.
What are cookies for?
Cookies actually make the web surfing experience better in a variety of ways like automatically logging you in to your favourite websites and remembering your chosen preferences. Cookies are also used by webmasters to see how people use their websites. This is of indirect benefit to users because the webmasters can improve their websites so they are easier to use.
At AVForums, we do not set any tracking cookies for advertising, though there may be some third party cookies set by our advertisers. Google are the largest organisation to use tracking cookies in their advertising and the best way to avoid them is to either log out of Google or choose not to be served tracking cookies through your Google preferences.
This table shows the cookies which could be set by AVForums for forum visitors and members
|Originator ||Cookie Name ||Description ||Format ||Duration |
|M2N ||PHPSESSID ||Unique user ID for session ||String ||Session |
|M2N ||AVFpassword ||MD5 hash of the salted user's password ||String ||365 days |
|M2N ||AVFlastactivity ||Stores datetime of user's last activity ||Integer ||365 days |
|M2N ||AVFlastvisit ||Stores datetime of user's last visit ||Integer ||365 days |
|M2N ||AVFsessionhash ||Unique user ID for session ||String ||Session |
|M2N ||AVFstyleid ||Tracks user site style choice ||Integer ||365 days |
|M2N ||AVFthreadedmode ||Tracks a user's choice in thread viewing mode ||Boolean ||365 days |
|M2N ||AVFService ||Stores the type of facilities available to the member ||Boolean ||365 days |
|M2N ||vbseo_loggedin ||Used by vBSEO software to determine if a user is logged in ||Booean ||1 hour |
|M2N ||vbulletin_collapse ||Tracks user choices for visibility of page elements ||String ||365 days |
|M2N ||newusername ||Stores a user's username choice when registering if the process is interrupted ||String ||Session |
|M2N ||fls_concise ||Stores a user's choice of forum list viewing mode (concise or expanded) ||Boolean ||365 days |
|M2N ||IDstack ||Stores a list of login names used from the same computer ||String ||120 days |
|M2N ||skimlinks_enabled ||Cookie used by Skimlinks software to determine if functionality is enabled ||Boolean ||Session |
|Google ||__gads ||Google adverts ||String ||Varies |
|Google ||__utma ||Google analytics ||String ||Varies |
|Google ||__utmb ||Google analytics ||String ||Varies |
|Google ||__utmc ||Google analytics ||String ||Varies |
|Google ||__utmz ||Google analytics ||String ||Varies |
- Not all of the above cookies are set for all visitors
- Cookies which last for the length of the 'Session' expire shortly after the person last visits the website.