What Are Website Cookies and Why Are They Used?
Published: August 7, 2012
Cookies are defined as small files stored on your computer by the web-browser that saves specific information about web activity. Every time the browser requests a web page, these files are sent back to the server to be analyzed. There are a lot of uses for Cookies and reasons why they are used on a website; here are some examples:
- Cookies can easily carry information (maximum of 4KB) between sessions within a website and within connected websites.
- Using a specific type of Cookie with a unique ID, users can keep track of how many hits their site gets.
- Using a specific type of file called a Tracking Cookie; users can learn more about their visitors and learn how to advertise their products according to what their visitors are personally interested in.
- Cookies store your interests on the start-up page.
- Can store passwords on specific websites so the user can log in automatically without having to re-type their password every time.