What Is A Cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer when you use a computer network. When it is exchanged between your computer and a network server that creates the cookie in the first place, the server is able to identify you and then improve your browsing experience.
Cookies are used by almost all websites and they do not harm your computer. The purpose of a cookie is to primarily provide customized options based on the information stored in it. It is also used for traffic analysis and marketing purposes.
How Does A Cookie Work?
- You visit a website and the website server creates a cookie with some data about what pages on the website you visit, your login and shopping cart information if you provide them to the website.
- This cookie is then stored locally on your computer / web browser with an unique ID to identify you.
- When you revisit the website, your browser sends the saved cookie to the website.
- The website reads the unique ID to remember you from the last time and present customized options based on your information.
- You continue to browse just where you left it, with an improved browsing experience.
What Are Cookies Used For?
- Cookies store information about what part / parts of the website an user visits. This data is then used to help build targeted ads to the user.
- Cookies from a shopping site are used to track which items an user previously viewed and then provide similar item suggestions to add more value. Also items added to a shopping cart stay there until an user finishes with his / her shopping.
Without cookies, you have to enter your login information on each page of a website or add items to your shopping cart again in case of accidental closing of the page. You will not be able to enjoy the personalized browsing experience without cookies. Use of modern internet cookies is an inherent part of the internet experience.
How Can Cookies Be Disabled?
It will enhance your browsing experience if you allow cookies. Chances are that you already do this on a daily basis, without knowing it. But in case you want to disable cookies, you can
- Go to your browser settings > privacy > cookie settings
- Manage or remove your cookies by following the directions there.
You can opt for regular clearing of your cookies from time to time.
You can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing the internet which labels and stores the cookies on a remote server in another country, not on your local computer.
This is done by storing two types of cookies:
- Session Cookies: Or cookies that are stored on RAM (Random Access Memory) and never written to hard drives. These are created when you navigate around this website and deleted automatically at the end of your browsing session. This type of cookies never store your personal data.
- Persistent Cookies: Or cookies that are deleted automatically after a set expiration date. Some may remain indefinitely on your computer. These help in a lot of ways to enhance your internet experience such as remembering login details so that you do not have to remember the same or tracking your usage of the website in order to be able to provide customized suggestions suitable for your interests. A profile may be slowly built for this purpose based on your usage on this website only. This website uses persistent cookies mainly for Google Analytics.
There are third parties like an advertising network or a web traffic analysis service provider who advertise on this website. They may use third-party cookies over which ScribbleSquare has no control. These cookies may be targeting cookies or analytical cookies, with no intention of harming your computer.