HMS COLLINGWOOD
OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

OA Admin Area

Security

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user goes to that website, the website can ask the browser to send the cookie data back to the server. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember information about a browser (such as items in a shopping cart).

Although cookies are designed so that they cannot carry viruses, and cannot install or run programs on the host computer, some individuals are concerned that tracking cookies, which keep a long-term record of individuals' browsing histories, are unwelcome. Browsers normally therefore offer users the ability to turn cookies off.

Most importantly for us, we use an authentication cookie so that we know whether a user is logged in or not. Without such a mechanism, the site would not know whether to send a page containing sensitive information, or require the user to authenticate themselves by logging in. In short, if a user disables cookies, they will not be able to access our Admin Area - of course, if they're not part of the team running the OA, this is not a major problem!

Although we use cookies to manage who is logged on, we will never use the information collected in these cookies for anything other than that purpose and we will never pass any information to any third party.