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Standard ratio of cookies to “visitors”?

As noted in a recent blog post, We see a large discrepancy between Google Analytics "visitors" and Quantcast "visitors". Also, for reasons we have never figured out, Google Analytics just gets ...
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How do I set up a cookie-less domain?

I've read that it's best to serve static content (css, javascript, etc.) from a cookie-less domain or subdomain for better performance. I assume a domain is not cookie-less by default. How do I ...
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Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer?

So Google uses cookies when performing its usual duties of tracking users on a website. That is just it though; Google are setting the cookies and not your website as such. This is by virtue of the ...
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Does the EU cookie law apply to an EU site that is hosted outside of the EU?

I have been reading up about this EU cookie law, and have also had in depth conversations with my girlfriend who is a solicitor/lawyer and with colleagues while building websites. While we are now ...
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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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How many domains to split components across?

I understand how splitting components across domains can maximize parallel downloads, and enable you to have cookie-free static content domains, but since there's a time cost for each domain lookup ...
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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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How to use cookies in a secure manner to authenticate users?

In most cases I like using cookies to remember returning users to my websites. In my early/foolish days, I would store a UserID (auto-increment integer) in a cookie and if the user returned I would ...
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Why is the EU cookie directive causing so much excitement?

I am confused by all the excitement surrounding the EU cookie directive; why is it such a painful thing? As far as I can see cookies that are required for your site to function are allowed such as ...
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How can I tell Google Analytics to not use cookies for my sub domain?

I have my web site at example.com, and i have also setup a sub domain for serving static content at static.example.com. On my web pages I'm using Google Analytics, so it will attach its cookies to all ...
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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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Multiple google analytics instances on a page?

My company creates (and hosts) sites for many different clients. We allow clients to send us tracking code, including Google Analytics, and we put them on the page. We would also like to include our ...
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Forced GZIP Detection on Google App Engine

Some clients are appearing on our Google App Engine instances without the Accept-Encoding header. We normally use the set a cookie with an appended iframe technique (or variation thereof) to detect ...
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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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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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Session cookie being dropped when moving under the SSL

The short version: I've got a session cookie being set on a dev site but it's not being picked up when I move to the SSL (so the shopping cart empties when you go to the checkout). When it's set on ...
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Google Analytics setting cookies on static content despite being on entirely separate domain

I recently decided to comply with the YSlow recommendation that static content is hosted on a cookieless domain. As I already use the root of my domain (donaldjenkins.com) to host my website—on which ...
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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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SEO for images: can I use a different (cookieless) domain?

We want to increase the value of some of our important images by means of SEO, and we want to start serving them from a different, i.e. cookieless, domain. We want to go from ...
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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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Remember me or not?

I was told to post this on webmasters instead of stackoverflow. Is it safe to have the remember me feature? Would it be somewhat safe (knowing it won't be 100% safe) to allow users to close their ...
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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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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 ...
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How to offer a cookie opt in/out to users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer? I intend to use google analyticts, and as I understand it I will ...
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Variable IPs: How variable are they? Best practices for tracking

There are a lot of questions on StackOverflow relating to session security / session hijacking, but there doesn't seem to be a really good solution to the problem. The three most common suggestions ...
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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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Can someone explain how FaceBook's cookie tracks you while logged out?

This article claims that Facebook tracks what you do, even when you're logged off of Facebook, via cookies. Now, a cookie is just a text file... that is read/written to while you're actually on that ...
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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 does this stackexchange form saved the work, I mean keep an auto save function, to retrieve loss of work

How does this stackexchange form saved the work, I mean keep an auto save function, to retrieve loss of work, in case the user's browser crashes.
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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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Cookie manager PHP

I own a Joomla commerce store and although I use Google Analytics in order to track visitors, I need to install a cookie manager in order to be able to track cookies that were installed on customer ...
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Redirecting to a default (or last visited) subdirectory. Does Google like this?

i have a site that has 3 web applications, lets use this example: example.com/nicy example.com/mash example.com/zoken The main application is nicy, so if the user comes for the first time (or if ...
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Does adding LinkedIn button to a website result in cookies that track users?

We are planning to add the LinkedIn button in our website. But the restriction we are having is, the website should not use the cookies which collect the personal information. No impersonation. But I ...
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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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Google AdSense reloading?

Please tell me something about Google AdSense: 1) Can i reload ads by myself without full-page-reloading? For example refresh AdSense frame or call some script? 2) About "interest-based advertising" ...
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Is it possible to track URL parameter and then value of cookie?

I have recently launched a site for a customer which we would like to track initial visits on URL's like so via Google Analytics and then track their revists on their respective referral code: User ...
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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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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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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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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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mod_rewrite to edit cookies conditionally

Is it possible to use mod_rewrite to modify values in cookies based upon a condition? I am completely new to HTTP, but I have tried a thing or two. The only regex I know is Perl-style, I hope it is ...
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What does the Quantcast __qca cookie do?

I'm reviewing the cookies served up from my website and one of them is a first-party cookie __qca which seems to be set by Quantcast. I'm sure this is just used for tracking, but I can't find this ...
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Cookie Audit help needed [closed]

Can anyone recommend any decent cookie audit plugins for firefox or chrome I can see the typical google cookies on the site but I am struggling to find out what a couple of the other cookies actually ...
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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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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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Cookie data transfer

The context is a third-party analytics service, specifically Quantcast, but the inquiries are more general in nature. Please forgive and correct me if any of my assumptions are off, and thank you in ...
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Enforcing a specific order for cookie headers

We have an application that cares about the order of cookie headers. It shouldn't, since this isn't mandated by the standards and indeed we're getting the headers in various different orders So we ...
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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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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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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 ...