Under "preferences" in a web browser, would you select to allow cookies or to block them? What are they even, what's there purpose? Do they take up space? Should you regularly empty out your cookies? ...I really don't understand the whole cookie thing, and I fell like it's a large gap in my internet knowledge, and I couldn't think of a better person(s) to ask them the lockergnome community :) Thanks in advance for you answers, I'm sure I will appreciate it :)
Answer by Foxumon · Aug 27, 2010 at 04:37 PM
I allow cookies whenever I'm browsing.
Basically, a cookie is a way for a website to save some information on your computer so it can receive it later.
Generally cookies are safe, but there are harmful cookie out there so make sure to install some anti-spyware and anti-virus software to keep you safe.
There's no harm in deleting cookies, though you might have to log back in to some websites. Over a long period of time they can build up, but they don't really take up much room.
Answer by Lestat611 · Aug 27, 2010 at 03:28 AM
"A cookie, also known as a web cookie, browser cookie, and HTTP cookie, is a piece of text stored by a user's web browser. A cookie can be used for authentication, storing site preferences, shopping cart contents, the identifier for a server-based session, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.
A cookie consists of one or more name-value pairs containing bits of information, which may be encrypted for information privacy and data security purposes. The cookie is sent as an HTTP header by a web server to a web browser and then sent back unchanged by the browser each time it accesses that server.
Cookies, as with a cache, can be cleared to restore file storage space. If not manually deleted by the user, cookies usually have an expiration date associated with them (established by the server that set it). Once that date has passed, the cookies stored by the client will automatically be deleted.
Most modern browsers allow users to decide whether to accept cookies, and the time frame to keep them, but rejecting cookies makes some websites unusable."
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