We all heard about cookies and we all have accepted them so many times, but how many of us, have actually read what they are and what they are doing.
The cookie is a little file that gets on your computer when you visit a website. When you accept them, the website can get the information, what they are searching for. Don’t be scared, they won’t know who you are, but on your next search about, for example, some kind of product your access to them will be so much faster.
There are a few types of cookies:
- Session cookies, also known as ‘temporary cookies’, help websites recognize users and the information provided when they navigate through a website. Session cookies only retain information about a user’s activities for as long as they are on the website. Once the web browser is closed, the cookies are deleted. These are commonly used on shopping websites or e-commerce websites.
- Permanent cookies, also known as ‘persistent cookies’, remain in operation even after the web browser has closed. For example, they can remember login details and passwords so web users don’t need to re-enter them every time they use a site. The law states that permanent cookies must be deleted after 12 months.
- First-party cookies are installed directly by the website (ie domain) the user is visiting (ie the URL shown in the browser’s address bar). These cookies enable website owners to collect analytics data, remember language settings, and perform other useful functions that provide a good user experience.
- Third-party cookies are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information from web users to carry out research into, for example, behavior, demographics, or spending habits. They are commonly used by advertisers who want to ensure that products and services are marketed toward the right target audience.
- Flash cookies, also known as ‘super cookies’, are independent of the web browser. They are designed to be permanently stored on a user’s computer. These types of cookies remain on a user’s device even after all cookies have been deleted from their web browser.
- Zombie cookies are a type of flash cookie that is automatically re-created after a user has deleted them. This means they are difficult to detect or manage. They are often used in online games to prevent users from cheating but have also been used to install malicious software onto a user’s device.
It’s important to tell that cookies are basically not dangerous, they aren’t spreading viruses, and can’t steal files and pictures from our computers. Their job is simply just to gather, to document information about our personal needs while researching. These just are general user information, not personal data, so the users cannot be identified by the operator of the website or anyone else.
Most of the browsers set the cookies as default, so they are accepting the cookies automatically, these can be changed for choosing if you accept the cookies or not, every time you open a website.
The cookies can be deleted or turned off, thru Chrome: https://goo.gl/6BSyDH
thru Firefox: https://goo.gl/6BSyDH
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