About Cookies

What are Cookies? Some Web sites store information in a small text file, called a 'cookie', on your hard disk. Cookies typically contain information about you and your preferences for the Web site. On the UKC Forums we use a single Cookie to allow you to login as a registered user. This links to our database of registered users and fills your the name and email fields for you automatically, and the database records each visit so that we can display new messages since your last visit.

A cookie can store only the information you provide, or the choices you make, while visiting a Web site. For example, a site cannot determine your e-mail address unless you send it to the site, such as by submitting it in a Web form. Allowing a Web site to create a cookie does not give the site access to the rest of your computer, and only the site that created the cookie can read it.

By default, most browsers save the cookies they receives however sometimes it can be turned off which is often the case with a local network of computers. You can change your cookie settings on your own browser, however on office/college networks you may need to contact the network administrator.

Here are instructions on how to enable cookies on some commonly used browsers.

Firewalls - If you are using a personal firewall (eg, ZoneAlarm) product on your computer, then it may be set to block all cookies. Consult the help pages on your firewall product if you need help allowing cookies through your firewall.

Check your clock - If you believe that you have cookies configured, and they still are not working, then check that the time is set correctly on your PC. An incorrect clock setting (eg, the wrong YEAR!) can cause cookies to fail.

Clear your browser cache - If you are sure that you have enabled cookies and you are still getting an error page, then your browser may be showing an old (cached) copy of the error page. Try going to your browser options and using the delete/empty/clear temporary/cached pages from your computer, and then using the 'Reload' button on your browser to fetch a fresh copy of the Login as Existing User page.

Other web browsers - Although we can't provide instructions for every different web browser available, we do try to ensure our site works on all browsers for Windows PCs, Apple Macs, Linux, and everything else! Please get in touch with our Webmaster if this site doesn't appear correctly in your browser, giving details of which page(s) look wrong or don't work, and the exact version and type of your operating system and web browser.

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