What is a Cookie?
A cookie (or web cookie, internet cookie, browser cookie) is a small piece of data transferred from a website to your computer, smartphone or tablet via the web browser being used to browse the website. The contents of the data is saved in a small text file. A cookie is used to help websites remember stateful information such as shopping basket contents or usernames for authentication. They are used in order to assist with the functionality of the website.
Cookies can either be ‘session’ based (expiring when the web browser closes) or ‘persistent’ (expiring at a specific date or after a specific time).
Session cookies are used to keep track of information needed by a user and their browser on their journey through a website. Persistent cookies can enable to data to be stored and accessed the next time you visit a site and also enable basic web traffic analysis using Google Analytics or similar analytical tools.
Your web browser can control how cookies are handled. To learn more about cookies and how to control them, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org. Here you will also find information on how to delete cookies for various web browser applications.
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