Believe it or not, cookies aren’t just on the dessert menu. The cookies were referring to arent even physical objects, yet they do a large amount of work that makes it possible for you to browse the internet and also read this article. They can cause you trouble if not managed well.

What are Cookies?

A computer cookie is known as an HTTP cookie, a web cookie, an internet cookie or browser cookie. For the sake of this article, we will call it a plain old cookie. The name is a shorter version of “magic cookie,” a term for a packet of data that a computer receives, then sends back without changing or altering it. No matter what it’s called, a computer cookie consists of information. When you visit a website, the website sends the cookie to your computer. Your computer then stores it in a file located inside your web browser.

So what exactly is the purpose of a cookie? To help the website keep track of your visits and activity. It may sound intrusive, but this isn’t a bad thing. Online stores used it to keep track of items in your shopping cart as exploring their website, without cookies your shopping cart would reset to zero every time you when to a new link on their website, making it almost impossible to complete a purchase.

What They Do

Different types of cookies keep track of various activities. Session cookies are used only when a person is actively navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears. Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site. Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name.

You are wondering how to manage your cookies? We got you covered.

Open your browser. Because cookies are stored in your web browser, the first step is to open your browser; this can be Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

Find the cookie storage. Each browser stores cookies in a slightly different location. In Internet Explorer 9, for example, you can find them by clicking “Tools,” then “Internet Options,” then “Privacy.” In Chrome, choose the Chrome menu on the toolbar, then click “Privacy.” Most browsers store cookie settings under the privacy options. Choose your background. Every browser gives you a range of options for handling cookies. This can be a greater or lesser amount of protection or deleting it entirely.

I hope this helps you understand that not all cookies are just for dessert.