Who wants a cookie?

Earlier this week, I was asked what a cookie is….a “web cookie” that is and not the ones we like to munch on!

A cookie is a tiny text file generated by a website that you have visited or a weblink that you have clicked on. The cookie stores information like your username and desired settings for a webpage that you visit (e.g. for shopping), or it might store information on how you got to a webpage (this is called a tracking cookie).

Cookies are harmless – they are not spyware or viruses.

Typically cookies are used for the benefit of the computer user e.g. every time I visit my Google homepage, I can log straight into Google mail and I have a personalised Google webpage. This information is stored in a cookie.

For more information on a cookie, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie

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