How does this work?
When you tick the box, and ask the web page to "remember" you when you return,
something called a cookie is created. This cookie is a simple text
file, stored in a directory on the hard disk of the computer you work on. The cookie
contains the text you entered for your name, address, email and postcode.
When you return to the online recording form, the webpage looks for this file, finds
the details you entered, and automatically populates the boxes in the form.
This will only work if
- you have cookies enabled in your web browser (they are by default, but you or your
administrator may have chosen to refuse them, in which case this feature won't work)
- you don't delete the cookie
- you use the same computer each time you open up the recording form... the cookie
is only stored on one machine at a time, so if you then go to another machine to
enter records, the webpage won't remember you - it is computer-specific.
Many internet users are concerned about what cookies could do. The idea that a website
can send a file to a computer without the user's knowledge seemed to be a security
issue. However, cookies are NOT executable programs, so they cannot carry out activities
on your computer. They simply sit on the hard disk, and wait to be called by the
page which created them originally. The technology is very straightforward, and
as such, cookies are not suitable for storing sensitive data such as passwords or
bank details. However, for the purposes of the online recording form on this website,
they are perfect.
However, if for whatever reason you don't wish to receive cookies, you can choose
not to tick the box. We have provided this function to help make recording and easier
and smoother process for you, but it is completely optional.
The cookie created here will persist for one year (365 days from the date on which
it was created, in fact). After that, the webpage will forget you again!
For everything you might want to know about cookies, have a look at Cookie Central.