STOTW – Cookies

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).

Most major browsers provide the option of preventing cookies from being downloaded if anyone is concerned about them. Note that if you use this option, some Web sites may not function properly as they use cookies to serve up pages.

 

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