What are Cookies?

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Cookies are usually small files, that are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are created when you use your browser to visit a website that uses cookies to keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, settings and preferences. The website uses your unique file to track your movements within the site and any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as email address.

Cookies are often indispensable for websites, they use them to store logins, profile information clicks and more.

 

Cookies usually don’t contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie and any details that the website needs to store to help you. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it cannot generally be used to reveal your identity or personally-identifying information. However, it can sometimes be used for marketing purposes. 

There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are created for temporarily reasons when you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted. However persistent cookies remain on your computer and are used again once you revisit the same website. A persistent cookie remains on your computer for a set period of time.

More about cookies!

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer when you access a website. cookies allow a website to recognise a user when they return to a site. Like a key, a cookie itself does not contain information, but when it is read by a web browser it can help a website improve the service delivered.

Whats inside a cookie?

  • The name of the website the cookie was sent from
  • The lifetime of the cookie
  • A value – usually a randomly generated unique number

The website server which sent the cookie uses this number to recognise you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.

A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on the hard disk of computers so that the website can remember who you are.

A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. 

Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies.

Should I remove or worry about cookies?

In most real world scenerios cookies do no real harm, however as part of our cleanup service we do remove all cookies and ensure that all temporary cookies are removed. Removing cookies will normally make most websites forget your login details so ensure if you are going to clear your sessions or cookies that you know all passwords for your digital accounts.

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