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Do you know what an internet cookie is?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | By Patrick Stafford

If you’ve been using the internet for any period of time, you’ve probably heard the term “cookie” been thrown about. But do you actually know what a “cookie” is?


It may not come up in day to day conversation, but it’s still good to know.


A cookie is a piece of data that is sent from a website, and then stored in a user’s browser, whether it be Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. The cookie allows the website to then recover a user’s information and then make the browsing experience similar to the previous experience.


This is why you can have sites that automatically login for users when they visit a second time, or keep records of pages they’ve visited.


You can actually get rid of the cookie cache in your browser. This means when you visit your favourite websites, you may need to input some information for the second time.


So there you have it. Perhaps not the most essential information, but if you’re using the internet on a regular basis, it’s good to know.