What are cookies?
Cookies are small files which are created by websites and web pages to store in a folder witihn a website user's internet browser cache.
Websites, are stateless, meaning they need some mechanism to keep track of a user whilst they use a website to do anything useful. Cookies are the typical mechanism by which this is done. An alternative is the browser cache but both can be used.
How do I know what cookies are being used?
Within a browser (we used edge), press F12 on the keyboard. Then navigate to storage to see what cookies are being used.
What are the risks to using cookies?
Unfortunately, unscrupulous entities, scammers and hackers can use this information. The risks could be that poorly developed websites leak cookies and that they could get intercepted.
We see negligible risk in using cookies on this site and our other sites we develop. We can't promise bad actors, viruses, or other unscrupulous activity couldn't happen, so please remain vigilant.
What cookies do we use?
For this reason, we at Info Rhino only use out of the box functionality with .Net and .Net core with regards to cookies. We checked and the only cookies are technical cookies, and authentication cookies.
How can I prevent cookies?
You can simply turn off cookies for a site or permanently within a browser. This may mean our website won't work, and any websites we provide where users needs to log in will fail.
A better way is to use an adware removal tool BUT remember even these tools can be unscrupulous.
- Popups on websites interferes with the user experience.
- Cookies are an all or nothing affair, and bad actors seems to continue as before in-spite of these policies. For example, there is a more effective way to track users than cookies which accesses user's desktop metrics - rest assured Info Rhino does not do this either.
- Many developers of jQuery cookie banner plugins host the content on third-party servers which themselves may publish additional cookies. Companies have even gone so far as to write software to track the changes in these cookies to automatically update cookie policies.