A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in the user’s browser while he or she is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user's previous activity.
In essence, a cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only the same server will be able to read this cookie. Every will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, website name and a digital code.
Cookies were designed as a reliable technology for websites to:
There are two types of cookies:
Although cookies cannot carry viruses or malware, some users do not like the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile due to privacy concerns. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or delete cookies that have already been gathered. This will likely affect the functions of the websites and remove any personalization features that are provided through cookies.
If you decide to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device, you can do this by accessing your browser or device settings. Detailed instructions may be found in the help section of your browser.
Alternatively, you may find detailed instructions for various browsers at www.aboutcookies.org More information about the cookies can be obtained at Information Commissioner’s Office or Wikipedia