What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small information which appears in the form of a short text message or placed on your hard disk Internet users. It is generated by a web page server, which is usually just the computer that runs a particular site. The information contained in this cookie is scheduled server and is used, then, whenever the user fooseste site or sites managed by it. Simplified, a cookie is like an access card with the data identifying the user, announcing server or managed by the site whenever you have returned to a specific page.
What a cookie when they appeared cookies?
The typical form after recognizing a cookie is like an address by a mail service center, most often with the “.txt” file extension specific text. As a brief history, we can say that the term Internet cookie was developed about ten years ago, by the American company Netscape Communications. The word “cookie” derives from the words “magic cookie”, a term in a programming language that describes a piece of information distributed among various sections software. The choice of the word “cookie” for this kind of gear it seems that even from American tradition of cupcakes and sweets to visitors to share special moments.
What is the purpose cookies sites?
How many ways are cookies
It should know that not all cookies are the same. Thus we have the session cookies or temporary, permanent cookies and flash cookies.
Cookies are stored in computer memory device or Internet access only during a browsing session on a particular page or site is deleted automatically from the computer when closing the browser. Typically, these cookies stores the identity of each session, personally identifiable by the user, allowing her to navigate from one page to another without needing to log permanently. They are originally used specifically online shopping sites, for example, to remember the products added to your shopping cart.
These cookies are stored on the user’s computer and not deactivated when closing the browser used. The persistent cookies already registered can retain user preferences for a particular site, allowing them to be used in the following sessions browsing. They also can be used to identify users so that websites can analyze user preferences on their pages easier to come meet them. They can offer at any time information on the number of users, average time spent on a particular page is very helpful in determining the actual overall performance of a site. This type of cookies are configured such that they can track urilizatorilor preferences within certain periods of time.
If you have Adobe Flash installed on your computer (and most devices you have), it’s possible to have small files stored and Flash content, such as videos. Such files are known as Local Shared Objects (LSO) or Flash cookies. They can be used for the same purpose as regular cookies, called HTTP cookies. Also, Flash cookies can back up data stored by a cookie used. Thus, when you delete your browser’s cookies settings, the flash will not be affected. Thus, a site that used this kind of cookie at a time you will recognize your next visit if your data were stored this file. However, you can control Flash cookies action and the official website of Adobe provides the controls, detect and delete them from your computer.
To summarize, the purposes for which cookies may be used are:
– To establish a site performance
– To analyze the number of visitors
– For information geotargetarea
– Advertising and service providers in this area
Are cookies dangerous?
Often likened to viruses, cookies are small text files only. They are even computer programs and can not be perceived as programming codes. Also, cookies are not used for spreading the virus and modern versions of some browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape allow users to set their own values of the number of cookies accepted on a computer. Although they are stored on the hard drive, cookies can not access the content. Therefore, you should not worry that a cookie can read data stored on your hard drive or transmit one username and password to your email. They merely store and pass on the data we record when accessing a well established site.
Also, a server may set a cookie to act on a field other than the above stated. Despite this, users could find on their computer and cookies from sites that have not visited before. Usually they are sent by companies selling advertising to other Internet sites. Therefore, it is possible that information on the behavior of these seafarers to be sent to the sites you visit, sometimes without user consent. And it became about the main reason why users have come to reject cookies.
How do I remove cookies?
Usually nostrum can set your browser to accept any type of Internet cookies or accept cookies from certain sites. On the other hand, this may create certain disadvantages because if you are not registered on a particular site, you will not be able to post comments, for example. It should know however that all modern versions of internet browsers have settings for cookies. You can be found in the “Options” or “Preferences” menu of your browser. To intlege these settings, you can also access the “Help” of every browser and can access several useful links and information for “Cookie settings” 5,6,7,8 versions of Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or iOS.
If you are worried regarding cookies generated by the websites of third party advertising platforms, you can disable the feature by using direct “Your Online Choices” related to each site.
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