What are Cookies?

Cookies, also known as Web Cookies or Computer Cookies, etc, is a term which is used in tech language to depict the transfer of data received by your computer to other places without any changes in the data. Cookies contain loads of information in them and all of the information is stored in your computer. Every time you open a website and browse through the website, the website you are using sends all the cookies to your computer which is stored by the computer in a file on the browser which you are using. Whenever you open your web browser, you can search for a file with the name “Cookies” and you will be able to access the cookies file. 

Web Cookies

What Do Cookies Do?

Cookies have their own advantages and disadvantages. With cookies, the website that you are browsing on can keep a track of your activities on that website. The presence of cookies makes sure that your previous data is intact because if the cookies are not present, it will be impossible for you to browse through a website smoothly. Furthermore, with cookies, you do not have to always enter your login information either because once logged in, the password of your account is stored and then, you can access the website easily without wasting any time in entering the password. If you do not have cookies, it becomes impossible for you to shop for anything online because the items do not stay in your cart. Every time you click on something new, to browse that, your cart will be emptied and you will not be able to shop. 

Cookies are of three types namely Session Cookies, Tracking Cookies, and Authentication cookies. 

  • Session Cookies: As the name goes, these cookies keep a track of your online activities only when you are browsing through the website. These cookies disappear once you have left the website.
  • Tracking Cookies: Tracking Cookies are those cookies which are used to keep a track of your long term records. This helps when you go through the same website multiple times. 
  • Authentication Cookies: authentication cookies are those cookies which see the username under which the person has logged in and sees when has the user logged in.

How to Manage Your Cookies

Cookies do not always send malware or viruses to your computer because there is no change in data when the data goes back and forth. The computer, therefore, makes no changes in how your computer runs. However, some cookies might still bring viruses and malware to your computer and you need to be aware of that because it might be a big privacy concern for you. Therefore, it is imperative that you manage your cookies to stay safe. 

Follow the below steps to manage your cookies and stay safe online: 

  1. The first step is to open the web browser which you use on a frequent basis because that is where all the cookies are stored. 
  2. Now go to the place where the cookies are stored. It is different for each browser. On Chrome, you will find it on the Privacy option once you open the chrome Menu. On internet explorer, you can find the cookies option on “Tools” followed by “Internet Options”. Thus, it is different for different browsers. 
  3. Here, you can now change the cookies and your protection according to your will. 

Banning all the cookies will lead to restriction in the websites that you use and it might make it difficult for you to access the website.