Questions tagged [cookie]

An HTTP cookie is a piece of data stored by the user's web browser. Unless otherwise specified, cookies can be created, read, modified and deleted and modified both by JavaScript and from server-side scripts by reading the headers.

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Is it possible to block cookies that are set by externally hosted content?

Is it possible to block cookies that are set by externally hosted content embedded in a page? For example if I embed an image from a CDN, the response for this image may contain a Set-Cookie header, ...
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Should I copy Google Analytics cookies between domains, or use Google's prefered method?

I am in the process of investigating the way of moving from a current website to a new beta version, which lives on a different TLD. I am thinking about building a service that transfers a collection ...
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Visitors sending cookies that were never set by the host

Occasional visitors to my sites send one or more cookies that were never set by my hosts. Sometimes it's an obvious bot. Sometimes it's even an attempt to exploit. But occasionally it looks like a ...
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Prevent account sharing for paid membership online content

What's the best way to catch account sharers? I thought about: See how many people are currently logged in with it (cookies) See how many logins there were in the past 24 hours See how many ...
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Get cookies from a third-party site by sending login information using JavaScript

I have a website (ASP.NET) which also provides an API. But to access it, it requires login. I want to connect to this site with javascript, 'send' the user credentials to it and receive the cookies (...
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Is this document write of content fetched from another site cross site scripting or something different?

This was on a website I had to work on. It seems to me its a horrible idea, but I was hoping to get other input before I told them it was. var url = 'https://www.otherdomain.com/magic_php_file.php'; ...
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How do I set up a cookie-free subdomain when the website is on the naked domain (no "www")?

The website (Wordpress) acts on http://example.com and sets cookies. Will http://static.example.com be cookie-free? Or http://static.example.com would be cookie-free only in case if the website acts ...
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Logged Out Too Soon; PHP Sessions Expire Too Quickly. Is this a Linux, CentOS, Cookies, CPanel problem?

Recently, I've been getting logged out sooner than expected on several websites that I manage on Linux servers. The problem started spontaneously a few months ago. At the time, I had not made any ...
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Is it required to list each cookie by name to comply with EU/UK Cookie Laws?

Some sites appear to list each cookie exhaustively, others (the majority) state only how they are used, and how a user may clear them. Do you need to list each cookie by name, together with what it ...
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What is the Google Analytics cookie expiration?

Do you know how long it takes for the Google Analytics cookie to time out before a user is recognized as new again? I believe it is 2 years. Is that right?
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Apache .htaccess: Is it possible to write an if condition for a cookie value check?

I want to write an if condition in an .htaccess file to check whether a cookie value is set. Example code: <If "%{HTTP_COOKIE} == 'cookiename and value'"> ... </If>
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Tracking users between sites using contact forms

I have two websites; A and B. I have hyperlinked linked these sites via advertisement banners and have contact forms on both. When people contact me through Website B's Contact Form I believe they are ...
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SEO Impact on presenting User details without login

I am looking to develop a functionality on our website in which i can a show user their name based on cookie data. There will be no login required. we will retrieve user's name based on the previous ...
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Fixed position age verify using cookies without user agent sniffing

I have built a simple age verification jQuery script for a particular brand of alcohol. It asks the user if they are of legal drinking age with a yes or no button. On yes the website stores a cookie ...
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How do I disable socket.io cookie named io server-side?

I needed to disable the socket.io cookie named io server-side. I follow the path to file creating the cookie to a file located at C:\socket.io\examples\chat\node_modules\socket.io\node_modules\engine....
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How to get rid of mixed content warning when using cookie-less domain for static content?

When I serve all website content from same domain (https://example.com), tools like pingdom keeps yelling: Serve static content from a cookieless domain When I serve static content from cookie-...
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Is it OK to have two "_ga" cookies in universal analytics, one for domain and one for subdomain

Our website has a number of sub-domains and we are in the process of migrating from classical analytics to universal analytics. When we migrated one of our domain from classical to universal analytics,...
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First time message/popup in site (by cookie), Googlebot and SEO

I have a site (based on dynamic content by JS) and I want to trigger a first time popup to users in order to make them register to the newsletter (it will be cookies based). Is there a way to do that ...
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Is localStorage more permanent than cookies for user identification in Google Analytics?

Looking at the Google Analytics user identification docs I found that localStorage could be used instead of cookies if a website was ran only on http or https strictly. I was looking in those docs ...
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Would cookies be of any benefit to my site(s)? Difference vs Google Analytics?

I'm managing 10 WordPress sites getting between 5-15k views a month. The company owner sees 'cookie' acceptance warnings on lots of sites he goes to and wants me to implement it across our sites (he ...
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Is a cookie prompt needed for European company websites used only internally?

I am developing a web application that is only being used internally in a company (inside EU), and it is only for the employees. Do I have to show a message to the users that my application is using ...
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Using mod_rewrite to access httpOnly cookie?

I have Apache running as a secure proxy (Port 443) between an HTTPS site and the rest of the world. This site is setting a secure, httpOnly cookie. The cookie when seen in a trace shows up in a ...
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Why are these Google cookies being downloaded?

After removing cookies in Chrome, visiting my site, and requesting chrome://settings/cookies, I get this (my site is the last entry): But since I have just removed Google Analytics script, I don't ...
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How to find the customer's visit is from the Google Results Page

As we are moving from the classic Google Analytics to the Universal Google Analytics for the marketing requirement, I need to find out from where the customer is coming from. If he is coming from the ...
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What does "Slightly longer" mean in EU cookie law?

Since my site serves worldwide users, I feel it must comply with EU laws, especially the cookie law. I have some things on my site that uses cookies to save user settings, but on the EU laws page at ...
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Is it able to disable secure attribute for Cookie on SSL connection?

There are HTTP and HTTPS page on our site on Apache. So We need to convert from HTTPS to HTTP or from HTTP to HTTPS to prevent from login session cookie fired. I already know that it does not make ...
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Using cookies on a site to redirect based on location - Googlebot crawling

I've recently began working on a Wordpress site that uses cookies to redirect a user to the appropriate regional page based on their location with geolocation. One thing I've noticed is that this ...
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Google analytics conversion tracking across subdomains

I've got a Drupal site at example.com, which leads to an ecommerce site at ticketing.example.com. Both sites have our GA code installed, and the cookiedomain for both sites is set to 'auto'. Based on ...
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Tracking users that are transferred to another site from ours?

Is it possible to track what a user does on another site after they are redirected there by your site? We run a site that sells education courses. Some of our courses are held by 3rd party companies. ...
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SEO analysis site is showing cookie and token information from within the HTTP header of my site

A SEO Analysis tool is showing cookie and token information publicly after fetching it from my website. Is having this information from whithin my site's HTTP header published publicly safe? If ...
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How do I keep track of UTM referrer during an account activation process?

I have an email campaign which has a tagged link to my website. It looks like this: http://example.com/join/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=search&utm_campaign=Outreach I want to know how many ...
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cookies and useragent is not enough ? to emulate browser?

I am building kinda a search engine for online shops, and several website are blocking me although I check the robots.txt Let's take an example, I need to get this page: http://www.aliexpress.com/...
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GA cookie data passed cross-domain from a form submission?

Hello fellow webmasters, So I have successfully set up cross domain tracking using tag manager and getting the unique clientId cookie data to be passed via URL parameter and seeing users convert in a ...
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Are cookie warnings still required under the EU cookie law?

Is it still required to provide a cookie warning offering users the ability to opt in/out of cookie tracking? I cannot find any official advice on what we are supposed to be doing. I'm not looking ...
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ASP.NET multilingual through cookie/URL - Google sees one version

Our website is multilingual and works through cookies/URL www.amlik.com/ar/ www.amlik.com/en/ The problem we are facing is Google sees only the arabic (default version of our site) even when ...
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A better method to save state between desktop and mobile site

This is something I want to fix for a long time. To begin, on my website I have a cookie named MDD and its set to 1 if the mobile detection has already happened. This is my code: RewriteCond %{...
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Getting user language via Google cookies

Just thought, if that would be possible, I can get users native language, and display my webpage on their language, or on the closest one. So; Is it possible to get someone's language using his/her ...
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Has the EU sued any site(s) yet for not complying with their cookie "law"?

EUROPA websites must follow the Commission's guidelines on privacy and data protection and inform users that cookies are not being used to gather information unnecessarily. - source Many people find ...
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Cookie consent messages required on websites - how will adsense work?

I ended up watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5xVSXTn41Y It states that publishers have until September 30th, 2015 to add a visible message indicating about the use of cookies on ...
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Remove Session ID from Canonical URL

I have two URL's http://www.domain.com/thread.php?1234-a-brand-new-thread/page2 http://www.domain.com/thread.php?1234-a-brand-new-thread/p=54762 'p' is equal to a post on the second page, so the two ...
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MediaWiki and EU cookie consent

I own a MediaWiki website that is showing Google AdSense. As of September 30th 2015 AdSense requires compliance with the EU cookie law. The Google Adsense Team is pointing to https://www.google.com/...
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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 subdomain to store static elements. Can I set only my directories where assets are being stored ...
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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 physically ...
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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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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 /?src=...