Cookies that are fresh out of the oven that make you smile with delight or those annoying pop-ups that appear on every website you visit. I definitely know which cookie I'd prefer. Now, considering we're all things cookie related, we thought we'd give you a little insight to what the computer cookies actually are. We may press accept over 10 times a day but what are we accepting exactly?
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What are cookies?
Just a little heads up, this isn't a delicious recipe about Gookie Dough, we're on about the boring website stuff, okay? We're preserving your bikini body just this once! Cookies are small text files which have ID tags and are stored on the computer's browser directory. They are created when you use your browser and the cookies track what you do within the site and help you continue where you left off. Just imagine little smiling cookies trying to give you a helping hand behind the scenes. This is why information which you have voluntarily given remains, such as your email address.
The two types
Yes, there is more than one lil' cookie. Session cookies and persistent cookies. The session ones are created on a temporary basis in the browser's subfolder while you are visiting the website. As soon as you leave that website, this cookie is deleted. However, persistent cookie files remain in the subfolder and are reactivated when you visit the website again. Some people get worried that cookies are a bad thing. This is untrue. They're just mechanisms to how the Web works.
So, do you feel 10/10 technology geek now? You've definitely earned yourself a tub of Gookie Dough, that's for sure.