A cookie is a very small piece of text which requires your permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the information is saved on your hard disk.
Permission is normally automatically granted, but you can set your browser to automatically deny permission. The default setting of a browser is to allow cookies, because without them, using many sites, including Geenee, becomes difficult or impossible.
A website is not aware that you change one web page for another – most people don’t realise that, when you view one page, and then move on to view another page, as far as the website is concerned, there is no connection between the two pages. Websites don’t have a memory!
Using cookies is a way to make that connection, from one page to another. A cookie is simply a scribbled note from the website.
Suppose you are doing a search for a property to exchange with in London. When you view the first page of properties, you will probably want to move on to the second page of properties. But if the website doesn’t know which page you were looking at before, it has no way of knowing what will appear on the next page. Cookies get over this problem, by tracking your movements.
A cookie cannot access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with the site. A cookie cannot “do” anything on your computer, nor cause any programs to run on your computer, nor can it amend or delete files on your computer. It is simply a little bit of text.
A cookie is a very small amount of information, and will usually consist of a few characters and numbers.
Finally, a cookie which is set by one site, can only be read by that site. No site can read the cookies set by any other site.
The cookies which are used by Geenee are very basic.
We use Google Analytics to help us to analyse web traffic, so that we can see which pages are being used by visitors. Google analytics places four small cookies on your computer.
We also have a cookie which tells us which language you prefer to use.
If you log in as a member, we place a cookie which tells us your membership number. This helps us when you want to view messages, etc.
If you are searching the site, we sometimes place a cookie which tells us what you are searching for, which page you are visiting, etc. This is a single cookie, which only saves information about the current, or latest, search.
Finally, we place a cookie which tells us the Session ID of your visit. We need to keep information about what your are doing, usually in members section, so that we can move you on to the next page when you press submit. The Session ID contains information of what you are doing on the site – such as, you are looking at the second page of your inbox, and replying to a member – and basically shows your latest status or movement. This information is kept in a Session on the server, and the Session ID cookie tells the site which Session is yours.
A Session is deleted around 30 minutes after the last page change has taken place, for security reasons. If you stay on one page, and perhaps have to go to answer the phone, after 30 minutes the Session will be deleted, and you will be automatically logged out.
So, to sum up…
- No information can be gathered by cookies
- Other sites cannot read your Geenee cookies
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.