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Cookies

Cookies are small text files which are stored to your computer by your web-browser.

A typical example of how a cookie is used is to store a user ID to make logging in to a site, or ordering something much quicker for the user. An example of what the cookie might contain in this example would something like “ID=96352398”.

Popular sites like Amazon.com use this technique. Nearly every site on the internet uses Cookies.

Cookies are used, for a variety of purposes, including:

  • To personalise pages and remember visitor preferences.
  • To analyse visitor behaviour (known as ‘analytics’)
  • To manage items added to shopping carts in online stores
  • To track people across websites and deliver targeted advertising