A cookie is a small text file containing information, which is placed on your hard drive when you visit a site. It is generated by the website’s server, and the information the cookie contains can be used by that same server whenever the user re-visits the site. A cookie is almost like your identification card, telling a website when the same user has returned.
What Is The Reason For Cookies?
Cookies generally make websites faster and easier for individual users. They can be used to tailor the website’s content to your preferences/needs, speed up the use of the site or, alternatively, are necessary for it to function correctly (for example: Remembering to keep you logged into the site whilst you browse or for remembering the products in your shopping cart when you change pages).
Are Cookies Dangerous?
NO. Cookies are just small pieces of text. They are not computer programs or viruses, so they cannot be ran as code or used to spread viruses.
Can Cookies Compromise User Privacy?
As previously mentioned, cookies are small text files that are stored on the individual user’s hard drive. Because they cannot run code or do anything malicious, a cookie cannot read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.
When you leave a comment on the site, you enter your name and email by default, as well as your personal view on the article. When you do this we save 3 pieces of information within a cookie on your hard drive, so that the next time you come back to the site, on the same computer, your information will already be filled in for you. It makes commenting on future articles quicker and easier for you, whilst ensuring your future comments do not go through our new user moderation process.
How To Control & Delete Cookies