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Is it possible to setup a cookie-less directory instead of a domain?

I'm familiar with how to setup a cookie-less domain, however, I have an situation where I can't setup a sub-domain to store static elements. Can I set only my directories where assets are being ...
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Who is affected by the EU cookie law?

Every source on the web keeps telling me what the cookie law is, but not whether I have to obey it or not. So I'm asking here: who must obey the cookie law? Is a website hosted by a server ...
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Eliminating 'cookie' from 'vary:' without breaking website functionality

I read that some middle-man servers won't cache websites that have cookie set in the vary: header. For example, If my website issues a vary:accept-encoding,cookie as opposed to vary:accept-encoding ...
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google displays wrong language on multi language website because it takes cookies into consideration

I have a multiple language website that uses both subdomains and cookies to display the right language. Here is the logic on the website: de subdomain will display the German version fr subdomain ...
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Opening a link in Microsoft Word is treated differently than other programs [closed]

This is weird, but opening a link from a word document is treated differently than if I were to copy and paste the link into a web browser, or if I open it from another program such as Notepad++. I ...
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Most widespread cookies

What are the most widespread cookies among population? One example could be _ga cookie, but are there any others public cookies that almost everyone has in his/her browser? Why am I asking? I want to ...
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What percentage of users use a cookie blocker?

I would like to know whether there is a way to get numbers on those users enabling cookie blocker. As far as I know Google Analytics is tracking you by creating cookies. Is there a way to assess the ...
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How not to use Google Analytics cookies on Blogger?

I just noticed of a blog powered by Blogger which doesn't store any cookie, and therefore, doesn't need to show the annoying cookie popup. Checking Blogger options, I don't see anywhere where to get ...
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What is the percentage of users that block cookies in their web browser?

What is the percentage of web users that use either cookie blocking software for their web browsers or software that blocks Google Analytics tracking?
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UTM-alternative for adding parameters with exiting Analytics campaign terms

I'm using the excellent UTM-alernative by dm-guy here to create a cookie and inject the campaign source into a form. However, although that works extremely well for the form, the UTM replacement ...
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How to read user unique code from _ga cookie?

Currently I am facing the problem that have been discussed already here: How to keep track of a unique and an existing visitor (keep track about unique user without registration etc.). The most ...
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How do you match a specific cookie value with Apache 2.4 <If> statement?

I am not able to figure out why the following doesn't match: <If %{HTTP_COOKIE} == 'XDEBUG_SESSION=leho'"> I'm setting a php_value inside the matching If. I know that part works because this ...
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Can I show a user an ad based on third-party cookies on their web browser?

Let's say I have a site that sells something. A user has no idea that my site exists, but they visit a competitor website which adds a cookie to their browser. Can I display advertising for my site ...
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Can I share a cookie with a subdomain?

Suppose I want my site to be accessible at https://www.example.com and https://example.com. Is it possible to set a cookie when visiting one domain so that it is accessible in the other?
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Website visitors with same PHP session ID, same cookies, but different IPs and user agents, all within one second. What are they and how to stop them?

We've noticed an unusual and growing pattern in visits to our website. When a user visits, we set a PHP session ID, set cookies, and record the user agent and ip. What we've seen happening a lot ...
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How does a metered paywall track its users?

A metered paywall is most seen on online newspapers. It allows users to view a specific number of articles before requiring paid subscription. In contrast to sites allowing access to select content ...
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Reasonable lifetime for a page view cookie

I have a simple page view counter on my website, that just counts the number of page views pr post. I am curious to what is a reasonable lifetime for the page view cookie. I currently have it set to ...
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Google Analytics for cookie-based A/B testing (same URL for A and B)

I have a website with share-friendly URLs like example.com/register I implemented A/B testing as a cookie because I don't want ugly unsharable URLs like example.com/registerA and ...
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Is it possible to track URL parameters and then the value of a cookie?

I have recently launched a site for a customer which we would like to track initial visits on URLs like below via Google Analytics, and then track revisits on their respective referral code: Users ...
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SEO - Does Google properly handle hreflang tags with links that just change the language settings in a session cookie?

I am currently working on a website that is available in multiple languages. I put some effort in atomatically detecting the users preferred language. This itself is working great. I also offer ...
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Is it SEO-acceptable to do an automatic redirect based on accpept-language header value

We are launching a big international web site, that has local web sites on other domains. We are planning to configure the web site to behave in the following manner: Of a user with German (de) ...
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Transferring cookies between two sites (one is HTTPS)

A user comes (through a link) from a http:// site to an other (having different domain) https:// site. We need to track that these two requests are done by the same user. But cookies do not pass over ...
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How to pass information across domains to ask for newsletter only once?

Lets assume following scenario, I have two sites: example1.com example2.com When user visits 1 there is a prompt "please signup to a newsletter". Same thing happens when user visits 2. However ...
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.htaccess - redirect if visitor is logged into google

I need a .htaccess redirect rule that redirects visitors to a url only if the visitor is logged into google. I was thinking of doing it by looking into cookies RewriteEngine On RewriteCond ...
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What happens if I try to set a cookie on a bot?

I'm building my site to include some user-identifying cookies. When a visitor chimes in, I will set a cookie with a unique visitor id (a guid) and the date-time of the visit, and save a visit record ...
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Google Tag Manager Uses iframe, is this problematic for IE?

Internet Explorer has a non-standard P3P privacy policy implementation (what a surprise). This prevents cookies from being loaded in iframes. Google Tag Manager uses an iframe. Does this cause ...
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Disable __cfduid cookie from Cloudflare

Is there a Cloudflare setting that corresponds to the creation of the __cfduid session cookie? I'm currently trying out CF; mostly for the neat DNS management and the implicit CDN. But the basic WAF ...
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Do many users turn off cookies?

Just how generally prevalent is it that users have cookies disabled in their browsers? I want to set a cookie during a user's session so that all the pages know that the presence of a particular ...
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Returning visitor stats reliably over longer periods of time in Google Analytics

I'm looking into how useful returning visitors stats in Google Analytics are over longer periods of time, such as two or three years. It seems that the __utma cookie is set to expire 2 years from ...
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Can a website require search engine robots to support cookies?

Sometimes I pretend to be a search engine robot to get access to "subscriber only" web pages, or just to get a plain and simple view of a page that isn't cluttered with moving animations and other ...
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Using .htaccess to set a cookie and 301 redirect

I currently have in my .htaccess: RewriteRule ^$ http://chfmaine.com/ [CO=moved:yes:chfmaine.com:1/,R=301,NE,NC,L] I was basing this off of this post. That's a lot more than I need but the setting ...
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Setting cookies only on the naked domain

As far as I know, one can set a cookie for example.com and not .example.com and then the cookie will only be visible on example.com and not sub.example.com. Is this true? I have set a cookie on a test ...
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Can AdSense crawler view pages that require cookies?

Details I require users to agree to terms and conditions before they can view several pages on my site. Once they have agreed a cookie is set and they can proceed to the webpage. If a user somehow ...
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What are the problems of httponly and secure cookies?

We would like to set: all our cookies (session id, etc.) as "httponly" all security (session token, "remember me", etc.) cookies as "secure" Except compatiblity issues, what are the know problems ...
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How to display Cookie Notification text to users that is ignored by Search Engines?

Websites within the EU are meant to inform users about the use of cookies on their website. Whilst the law raises plenty of implementation questions already, the general consensus is that we must at ...
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Cookie being assigned on website

I am updating our privacy policy and was checking what cookies were being assigned to visitors from our website. I found one that I am unaware of. It is a Drupal 6 site and there is no module being ...
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Workaround for Chrome not handling backward date change in Windows

I'm heavily making use of cookies for a website. Their expiry period is set to 1 day. My preferred test browser is Chrome 28, Windows 7. For a test, I need to change the date of my OS back to eg the ...
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How to handle pages that requires the use of session cookie?

I have a search page that uses session to track search criteria made by the user. A session cookie is created automatically when the page is launched. As bots do not use cookie, 1000s of sessions ...
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Ad networks that let you run your own cookie targeting

We've got some proprietary cookie targeting software which we are developing to help deliver better targeted ads. We don't have a group of publishers, nor particularly want to go and build our own ...
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How can I set a secure flag on cookies generated from a Python application?

I have an application written in Python running behind Apache and SSL. I am not seeing a secure flag on my cookie: apache Server version: Apache/2.2.15 (Unix) I have added a configuration line to my ...
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How can you set cookieless subdomain with Quantcast

I have correctly setup Google Analtycis so GA is not setting cookies for my subdomain. I mean for my static subdomain. But Quantcast is setting. What i wonder is can i prevent Quantcast to set cookie ...
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Apache server not able to read cookies from Browser

I have developed a login authentication page using cookies (with spring security) where for the first time, the user will need to get itself authenticated. Once the user gets successfully ...
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Age verification in website questions

I am working on a website for a client that is requesting a way to verify your age. I have debated on creating a cookie that stores your age but I am unsure on a few things. How does SEO play into ...
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Google Analytics cookie across SagePay checkout

We use SagePay's Server integration for our online payments. We use Google Analytics to track activity on our website and Google Ecommerce tracking to log transactions. In Google Analytics, under the ...
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SEO - Redirect on first page (site.com -> site.com/en)

I have website with multiple languages and at first entrance it checks for cookie and if no cookie is present then it defaults to English language and redirects to site.com/en. So basically every ...
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Empty Cookie based on IP address

Is there a way to empty a previous cookie based on source ip? I need this to be done because of loadbalancing issues. regards Geert
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Does the SPDY protocol eliminate the need for cookieless domains?

With plain HTTP, cookieless domains are an optimization to avoid unnecessarily sending cookie headers for page resources. However, the SPDY protocol compresses HTTP headers and in some cases ...
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Do iframes have access to the cookies of the hosting domain?

We want to build an ad-frame which will run on external sites (e.g. YYY.com). The external site will place an iframe to our site (ZZZ.com/ourAdContent.html) and we will show some ads in this frame. ...
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How to Track Visitors Comming from Adwords and Disable form fields that is not on landing page

There is a lead form on my website where we track from which source visitors have arrived. I wanted to disable the drop down and auto populate it with predefined data if the visitor is from adwords. ...
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What is the BCSI-CS-**** cookie for?

I'm undertaking an audit of the cookies we use on our external sites. There's one cookie that's used by all the sites, and by different domains within the sites. It starts BCSI-CS- and has random ...