Week 6: Can you guess what is a cookie and is not yummy ?

According to BBC (2015) a cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.

Once a cookie is attached or ‘set’ in your computer, it tracks your movement around the website that sets it and provides this information back to the site’s owners.

The main benefit of cookies is that they help you to navigate websites, particularly those where you purchase goods or services and have to fill out forms with your name, address, and payment information. Unfortunately, other cookies help the websites that set them far more than they help you.

This kind of cookie is capable of tracking your movement from one website to another, accumulating personal data, and sometimes making it available for sale to third parties.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognize you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

 

References

 

All about Cookies. 2015.Manage Cookies.Available from: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/. [Accessed on. 3.11.2015]

BBC.2015.What is a cookie. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy/cookies/about. [Accessed on: 3.11.2015]

ICO – Information Commissioner Office.2015.Cookies and similar technologies. Available from: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/. [Accessed on : 3.11.2015]

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