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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,006 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Fri 30 Jun 2023 11:14 PM (UTC)

Amended on Sat 01 Jul 2023 03:50 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

What cookies does this site use?

This site only uses a single authentication cookie (named "sso_cookie") to identify users who are logged-in. ("SSO" stands for "Single Sign On").

The cookie consists of a randomly-generated string, plus the cookie expiry date, in JSON format, and then URI-encoded, like this example:

JSON format:


URI encoded format:


When (and if) you log in, this randomly-generated identifier is used to "remember" your session, so that you keep logged in from one page to the next.

This is a "necessary" cookie because without it, you would need to re-enter your password on every page you visit, which obviously would be very tedious.

What if I do not log in?

If you do not log in, no cookie is stored.

If you log in, and subsequently log out, the cookie is not removed, as you have the ability to log out from one PC, all of your sessions on all PCs. However if you log out, the reference to the identifier is removed from the database, for all relevant sessions, so that cookie becomes useless.

Tracking and other uses of cookies

Cookies are not used for tracking, advertising, sending to other sites, or any other purpose.

How do I avoid this site using cookies in my browser?

If you do not create an account and log into that account, then no cookie will be stored. Even without logging in, the information on this site, including the forum, is viewable. However you will not be able to make posts to the forum without logging in.


If you create an account on this site, and then log into that account, you consent to the "sso_cookie" mentioned above being stored on any browsers you use (including PCs, tablets, and smart phones).


- Nick Gammon

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