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You know the phrase “good cop -
Cookies are tiny little text files that are generated by just about every web site on the planet. Without the good ones, most web sites wouldn’t work. For example, if you’re shopping on-
There might be permanent good cookies. If you log into a web site and there’s a tick box that says “remember me” and you tick it, the site will place a permanent cookie on your computer so that the next time you visit the site it’ll look for that cookie and when it finds it, will remember that you’re you and you either don’t have to log in again or your user name/ID is filled in for you and you just have to enter a password.
Then there are the bad cookies. Well, in a way it’s not the cookies that are bad, it’s the way in which they can be used by others. The phrase “tracking cookie” is usually used to describe them. Let’s say you visit a web site that sells jewellery and spend some time browsing it. That site may place a tracking cookie on your computer that says “I like jewellery”. Then as you browse around the internet, various sites that make money from advertising content will find this cookie and display adverts about jewellery.
One aspect of cookies often forgotten is that as they are usually not deleted immediately, even if they are harmless, someone getting at your computer could look through your list of cookies to get an idea of where you’ve been -
I do not make any use of tracking cookies whatsover. I do use session cookies (good cookies). You may, of course, disable cookies on your computer but if you do so, my site, like many others , may not work as you want.