What does “cookies” mean?

Anytime I go on a website, it says “this site uses cookies”. I just x off of it. What is it?  I don’t want to use a search engine. I would like a real person to answer. 

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  • 1 month ago
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    They are small text files that store information for the webserver, such as if you are logged in & either a link to a session entry on the server or what page you are on or what you last clicked, the same type of thing as stored in a session.

    Web servers themselves are "stateless" - they have no memory of what anyone does, so without some extra storage every visit would be your first, as far as the server is concerned. On a site that needed a login, you would never get past that...

    Cookies, and often a server session data entry (linked to by a cookie), are what allow the server to have some "flow" and keep track of what you are trying to do, maintain your account etc.

    They are also used by advertising trackers, that allow sites to show ads connected to things you have looked at.

    That's often another option in the Cookie alert info, when you go to a new site (or have cleared all cookies from your machine)

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    a cookie  so long as it's genuine, is simply a note, placed on your PC,  that allows another user to know you have visited a particular URL...so the q that keeps popping up is basically asking you, if you consent to this request or not...

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  • 1 month ago

       Hi. 2 Things :

       1)  As long as it is a genuine cookie file that's being saved to Your computer, it's a reversible choice to keep or get ris of it later.

       2)  Here are some explanations of what a website cookie is, without milking it :

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=websi...

                G'Luck!!!

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  • 1 month ago

    tiny file to remember things like who you are and where you are when surfing a web site.

    Amazon for example, uses it to know enough about you to allow you to surf from page to page filling your cart with stuff to buy. Without cookies, they can't do that.  The cookies tells them whose cart you are filling.

    The danger is third party cookies. This is usually advertisers tracking where you go on the internet.  They have no business knowing that so it is HIGHLY recommended you turn off third party cookies.  First party cookies is crucial to the web functioning but third party cookies are just a massive annoyance.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    An internet "cookie" is a small piece of coded user tracking data placed in certain storage files on your computer. They are erasable and CCLEANER is free to use software that clears temporary files and cookies. Web sites cost people time and money to create and maintain and many are revenue based by advertising. Cookies allow targeting of ads by tracking users. There are other reasons to track users, some OK and some a bit nefarious. There are ways to surf the net anonymously if you wish. If not allowing any cookies, you are blocked from web site content of many sites.

    https://www.ccleaner.com/ 

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The cookies are to help advertising companies know what products you might want. Cookies are harmless. Advertising is annoying, but cannot be avoided.

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