What are Cookies? (Tracking Cookies)


Have you ever wondered when browsing the internet what cookies are? With so many sites having pop-ups reminding you of cookies, it’s important to know what they’re talking about – particularly when they are asking you to click ‘accept’.

A cookie is a small file that a web server automatically sends to your personal computer when you browse certain websites. The identifying information they contain includes login credentials (including usernames and passwords), shopping cart information, and preferences.

Cookies are stored as text files on your hard drive so servers can access them when you return to websites you’ve visited before.

If you’ve ever returned to a website and found that it seems to have remembered what you were last browsing you’re right. That’s because on your first visit, a cookie was installed. When you came back, the website server read your cookie and recognized you.

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