08 Feb 2018

COOKIES: WHAT ARE THEY?

Most times when you are on a website, a pop up notification comes up that says this site uses cookie, enable cookie? Well it is not the normal sweetener you eat.

What Are Cookies?

Internet Cookies are not programs or viruses and do nothing on your computer/device by themselves. Cookies simply store information with the aim of improving your web experience and help speed up the internet. The internet cookie enables sites to keep record of your visit and enable access their features, it also enable the site to be able to track your behavior on their site.

The purpose of the computer cookie is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. This isn’t always a bad thing. For example, many online sellers use cookies to keep track of the items in a user’s shopping cart as they explore the site. Without cookies, your shopping cart would reset to zero every time you clicked a new link on the site and that would make it difficult to buy anything online!

A website might also use cookies to keep a record of your most recent visit or to record your login information. Many people find this useful so they know what they have visited or downloaded in the past.

On the other hand, cookies provide capabilities that make the Web much easier to navigate. Site designers use them because they provide a better user experience and make it much easier to gather accurate information about the site’s visitors.

With cookie data, the web site stores the data, and later it receives it back. A Web site can only receive the data it has stored on your computer. It cannot look at any other cookie, nor anything else on your computer.

Why does my Browser create Cookies?

Websites you visit can tell your browser to create a cookie. They create the cookie to hold data about you, keeping track of your activity and preferences. The aim is to improve the website and perhaps speed up your experience by not needing to ask for the same information multiple times.

You have control over this process. You can set an option in your browser so that the browser informs you every time a site sends name-value pairs to you. You can then accept or deny the values.

 How to Turn On a Cookie

If you are using Internet Explorer,

  1. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Privacy tab.
  3. Under Settings, move the slider to the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click OK.

To Enable Cookies for Chrome on your mobile device

  • Tap the chrome menu button and select site settings
  • Open the “site settings” section
  • And then enable cookies

Types of Internet Cookie.

HTTP, Web, Computer or Browser can be placed in front of the “cookie” name but they all relate to the same simple text file used to store information.

However, there are others like Secure Cookies or Third-Party Cookies which behave a little different.

Other exotic types include, the Flash Cookie and the Zombie Cookie, they are very different creatures, raising concerns around privacy.

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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