Unfortunately, the talk in this post will not be about any sweet treats. Despite this, cookies do a lot of work thanks to what you can browse the internet daily – but – problems can occur if you don’t manage them properly.
Cookies are text files containing tiny pieces of data like passwords and usernames. They are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a certain amount of data associated with a specific website or client. This data can be accessed from the client’ computer or a web server. When using a computer network, they will help to identify your computer. This allows the server to deliver a page to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so can carry specific information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
Types of Cookies
- Magic: packets of data sent and received without any changes. Commonly used as login details for a computer database system.
- HTTP: they are a repurposed and more advanced version of the magic cookies, specifically built for internet browsing.
They are used to give the best user experience for customers when they access the website. If you want to continue without changing your settings, they assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the website. However, there is an option of changing cookie settings whenever you want to.
When creating them you can also set its expiry time. According to the default settings, cookies are automatically destroyed when you close the current browser window. However, there are some cookies which can survive for a much longer period. Cookies that expire when the browser session ends are called session cookies.
Whenever you load a new page data is written to a cookie – for instance, when clicking on the ‘submit’ button, the page handling the data will store the values inputted in them. In case the user had opted to disable the cookies, then the data writing operation will not take place. Subsequent web pages which depend on the cookie will have to prompt the user to change the settings or take the default option.
Are Cookies Dangerous?
Web cookies are a double-edged sword: the data protection debate is still exposing discrepancies in how users should handle them. Remember that cookies primarily make browsing the web more comfortable by making recipients’ websites previously visited. Therefore, we do not recommend disabling them entirely at this time.
We recommend that you select each website that wishes to store cookies. Most browsers allow you to block them partially. Use it if you don’t feel safe on a particular site. However, the most dangerous is the data you enter yourself. For example, cookies will delete your email address and other details if you do not join them yourself using the web form.
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