How Cookies and Virus Software are Changing The Electronic Data Collection System
A cookies is at its simplest level a small program that is placed on your computer by a website. The cookies can be for many different reasons, not all of them friendly. In light of unfriendly cookies, virus software and security features in operating systems have begun to block them and allow the user to block them. While this is good of the computer user, it is bad for the electronic data collection system company.
New Changes In The Use Of A Electronic Data Collection System
The ability to block cookies and/or block their transmittal of data, has forced programmers to become more creative. New choices in this area are all based on internet traffic and the willingness of people to answer questions, accept prizes, or to willingly choose to provide information. The most common of these is the sweepstakes prize, that says something to the effect – “You Have Won a Computer!!! Please Click Here”. These sites take you to a website that asks you questions before you can claim your prize or requires you to buy something before you claim your prize. This use by an electronic data collection system, has been scarily efficient.
Another common method is the survey, in which the user clicks pre-determined answers in a multiple choice atmosphere for the electronic data collection system. While this can provide information, the use of only the pre-determined answers may not provide sufficient choices to the user to get useable data.
The last is a customer service survey, which is sent to people who have used the service of the company or purchased one of their products. The survey results are obtained by the electronic data collection system and collated into useable data. The problem with this method, is that you can get many answers which choose less than real answers, mostly because something was promised to obtain the customer’s willingness to answer the survey.
Surreptitious use of an electronic data collection system violates laws, and virus software and security protocols have decreased the effectiveness of an electronic data collection system and further innovations are necessary to continue its usefulness.