September 27, 2012

The use of cookies in online ticketing

To use ticketscript you are required to accept cookies on your chosen web browser. However there is a lot of concern over the use of cookies. Don’t worry, they definitely won’t infect your computer with a virus, but what do they actually do?

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Cookies are small, simple, text files that are stored on the hard disk or in the memory of your computer. Cookies have different functions, they remember passwords, login names, and preferences, such as language settings. In addition there are cookies that record the sites you visit to try and show advertising and content that you might be interested in.

If a message appears in your browser that cookie function is affecting the site you are visiting, then cookies are not enabled in your browser. Here is a guide on how to enable cookies on your browser-

For Internet Explorer 7 or 8, follow these steps-

1. Click “Start”> “Control Panel.” (If the Classic View in Windows XP, click Start> Settings> Control Panel.)
2. Double-click the Internet Options icon.
3. Select the Privacy tab.
4. Click on Advanced.
5. In the Cookies section of the window “Advanced Privacy Settings” select option “Override automatic cookie handling”.
6. Under “First-party Cookies” select “Accept” or “Prompt”.
7. Under “Third-party Cookies” select “Accept” or “Prompt”. (If you select the “Prompt” option, you’ll be asked for approval every time a website tries to set a cookie.)
8. Click “OK” to exit.

Proceed as follows to enable cookies in Safari (Apple):

1. Open the drop-down Safari.
2. Select “Preferences”.
3. On the top panel in “Security” select the “Accept Cookies” and select “Only from sites I visit”.

Proceed as follows to enable cookies in Mozilla Firefox 3.x for Windows:

1. Click Tools> Options.
2. On the top panel in “Privacy” set “Firefox will: Use custom settings for history”.
3. Check the box next to “Accept cookies from sites” to enable cookies.
4. Click “OK”.

Proceed as follows to enable cookies in Mozilla Firefox for Mac:

1. Open the drop-down menu in Firefox.
2. Select “Preferences.”
3. Click on “Privacy”.
4. Set “Firefox will: Use custom settings for history”.
5. Check the box next to “Accept cookies from sites” to enable cookies.
6. Click “OK”.

Proceed as follows to enable cookies in Chrome for Windows:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select “Options”.
3. Click on the “Advanced Options”.
4. Click Content settings in the “Privacy” section.
5. Make sure to select “Allow local data to be set”.

Proceed as follows to enable cookies in Chrome for Mac:

1. Select Chrome> Preferences on the menu bar.
2. Click on the ‘Advanced Options’.
3. Click Content settings in the “Privacy” section.
4. Make sure “Allow local data to be set” is selected.

If cookies are enabled and you are still receiving error messages, it is best to open and new browser. Sometimes cookies can work incorrectly if multiple tabs, or windows, are open.

If this does not help you can clear your cache, and delete your cookies.

By Shane Mansfield