What is a Cookie?
Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.
Cookies usually don't contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.However, marketing is becoming increasingly sophisticated and cookies in some cases can be agressively used to create a profile of your surfing habits.
There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser's sub folder while you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted. On the other hand, persistent cookie files remain in your browser's sub folder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie remains in the browser's sub folder for the duration period set within the cookie's file.
What is a Cookie file?
Cookies are small, usually randomly encoded, text files that help your browser navigate through a particular website. The cookie file is generated by the site you're browsing and is accepted and processed by your computer's browser software. The cookie file is stored in your browser's folder or sub folder.
Your browser accesses the cookie file again when you visit the website that created the cookie file. The browser uses the information stored in the cookie file to help ease your navigation of the website by letting you log in automatically or remembering settings you selected during your earlier visits to the website, among many other functions.
Any particular website cannot access information on your computer other than the cookie it set on your computer. The cookie is not executable code so it doesn't have any “life” of its own other than being used by the website that created it. As explained above, such use is limited to helping your browser process the information located on the website.
Essentially this is the memory of your internet browser where you can find all your cookies stored in a format that facilitates easy retrieval by a browser.
What is a browser?
To check the current status of cookies please choose your browser from the list below for step-by-step instructions:
There are a number of other browsers available that will all have their own unique way of setting cookies, for assistance with these individual browsers please refer to their help section.
I have heard that cookies are bad for privacy - is that true?
help website servers remember you as you navigate from page to page. This simple feature makes e-commerce possible since you don't have to reload your shopping cart every time you leave a page.
Cookies serve the following purposes:
1. Protection – to make sure you are who you claim to be and not another person who managed to get a copy of your password.
2. Quickly determine your identity from page to page and remember the items you put in your shopping cart. This feature is essential for any type of e-commerce.
3. Settings – cookies help the website you're visiting remember the settings you selected on a prior visit. This includes themes and language preferences as well as remember login names and passwords for easier entry on future visits.
4. Limit advertising – cookies prevent ad serving scripts from showing annoying popup ads again and again. They also remember your previous pages so you don't see ads geared for first time visitors to those pages again during a session.
Many websites use third party service providers to serve content, ads, and other services. These third parties might service more than one site. Theoretically speaking, the cookies these providers are using might be able to be understood by websites other than the one you're viewing.
The Handle Studio Team.