What Actually Is A Cookie ?
A computer “cookie” is more formally known as an HTTP cookie, a web cookie, an Internet cookie or a browser cookie. The name is a shorter version of “magic cookie,” which is a term for a packet of data that a computer receives and then sends back without changing or altering it.
No matter what it’s called, a computer cookie consists of information. When you visit a website, the website sends the cookie to your computer. Your computer stores it in a file located inside your web browser.
For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
What Do Browser Cookies Do?
The purpose of the computer cookie is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. Different types of cookies keep track of different activities. Session cookies are used only when a person is actively navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears. Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site. Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name. This data is used for statistical analysis only and is stored on our Google Analytics account and only lets us know what parts of our website have been visited and is used for no other purposes.
Are Internet Cookies Safe?
Under normal circumstances, cookies cannot transfer viruses or malware to your computer. Because the data in a cookie doesn’t change when it travels back and forth, it has no way to affect how your computer runs.
The Different Types Of Cookies:
What’s the difference between a Session Cookie and a Persistent Cookie ?
‘Session’ cookies are temporary pieces of information which are erased once you exit your Web browser window or turn your computer off. Session cookies can be used to improve the navigation of our website.Most websites use a session cookie and it is also destroyed when you close your browser.
‘Persistent’ cookies are more permanent pieces of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of reasons, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided, helping to determine what areas of the website you find most valuable, and customising the web site based on your preferences.
Most sites will use these types of cookies from third parties such as Google Analytics, Google analytics doesn’t track your personal data, however it does track anonymously what pages you have visited and what you find most interesting. This allows a website owner to concentrate on product areas that may be more popular.
Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.