What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by websites and which can be read back from your computer to the website. Cookies allow websites to store information as you move from one web page to the next, or between visits to the website.
- The “remember me” tickbox on website logins. When you tick the tickbox a cookie is written to your computer containing your user name so that the next time you visit the website your user name can be filled in automatically.
- E-commerce shopping baskets that remember the items you add to the basket between visits. The items you add to the basket are written into a cookie so that the next time you visit they can be put back into the basket automatically.
- Tracking of visits. When you visit a website it may store a cookie containing the time and date of your visit. The next time you visit the website the cookie can be read by the website to see if you are a new visitor or if you have visited before.