Web Cookies

Submitted by ub on Sun, 05/26/2019 - 12:43

Not Cookie Monster, the Muppet on the long-running children's television show Sesame Street and is best known for his voracious appetite and his famous eating phrases, such as "Me want cookie!" and "Om nom nom nom".

Web cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. ... This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.

Chances are that our computer’s browser is full of cookies, tiny files left behind as we move from website to website. Mine has thousands of cookies.

Some of the web cookies on our machines are used by big advertising companies looking to gather and store information about us. What we shop for, which sites we choose, and so on. If this feels like a violation of privacy then delete them all.

But other cookies contain important information that makes our web experiences smoother. Which is why you really shouldn’t dive in and delete them all.

How to Clear Cache and Cookies