What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.
What is the purpose of cookies?
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.
Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users' web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).
Can cookies threaten users' privacy?
Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.
Don’t let the name fool you - this cookie doesn’t track what you do online. It only keeps track of the last 5 pages you visited on www.visitsmallisles.com. This information allows www.visitsmallisles.com to redirect you to the page you were on before submitting a comment or sending us an email through the contact form.
This cookie contains the date of your last activity on www.visitsmallisles.com.
If you haven’t been active on the site before, your last activity will be set to the current time.
This cookie is only relevant to registered users. If you’re browsing www.visitsmallisles.com as a guest, this cookie will be set to a date in the past.
The cookies exp_last_activity and exp_last_visit allow www.visitsmallisles.com to show you which content has been updated since your last visit.