What are Cookies and why are they used?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to the device used to browse this website. Cookies are then sent back to the website on each subsequent visit you make. Cookies are useful because they allow our website to recognise your device. Cookies are created when your browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to your browser which then creates the small text file. Every time you go back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Cookies are created not just by the website being browsed but also by other websites that run ads on that web site or web page, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These Cookies regulate how ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
What can’t Cookies do?
Cookies are plain text files. They are not made to perform functions (so they are not .exe files) or make copies of themselves. They cannot browse or scan your computer, snoop on you in any way or dig and extract private information from your hard disk.
Cookies are NOT viruses or malicious code.
Cookies help your browser deliver the full features designed into websites. These features include smooth login, preference settings, themes, shopping carts, and many other features. Cookies cannot scan or retrieve your personal information.
What information is in a cookie?
Cookies usually contain random alphanumeric characters and are intended to help you access a site faster and more efficiently. For example, Cookies can store information to help you enter a site without having to login. In effect, Cookies tell the website that your browser has been to the site before without having to know your exact identity. Cookies don’t scan your computer or do any kind of investigation to find out your personal information. Any personal information they contain is from your input on a website’s form. If a Cookies store any personal information, this information is coded in such a way that it is unreadable to any third party who happens to access your cookie folder. The only computer that can read and decode the information is the server that created the cookie originally.