Mmm! Oreos? Chips Ahoy? No, not those kinds of cookies.
In the computer world, cookies are little snippets of information that are stored temporarily or permanently on the Web user’s computer.
A typical cookie is a text file that contains a small amount of information about a user’s surfing habits, or information about preferences for viewing a Web page. Most cookies are harmless and pose no threat. A very small percentage of cookies may contain personal information about the user (although they ought not to).