What are cookies?
What are cookies?

So many times you visit a web site and see a pop-up notification telling you that the website collects “cookies” and they want you to either accept or decline the request. Have you ever wonder what “cookies” they are referring to? Because definitely they are not referring to “dessert cookies” LOL.

What type of cookies are they referring too then?

Cookies, often referred to as “Browser Cookies” or “HTTP Cookies”, are small packets of data which websites store on our computers, inside web browsers.

How do “cookies” work?

Cookies help websites keep track of our visits and activities whenever we are on the internet. Cookies contain pieces of information like user IDs, session IDs, our settings on the website amongst other pieces of information, depending on what type of information the website you have visited collect.

Many e-commerce websites collect cookies. They use them to keep track of things like items in a user’s shopping cart as they explore or browse through the website. Without the use of cookies, users would lose or the shopping cart would reset every time users click on a new link on the e-commerce website.

Cookies have become an important of digital marketing  . E-commerce websites now uses cookies to provide personalized content to their users. If you are shopping on ebay, ebay can remember the products you have been looking at and make some recommendations on other similar products even.

Some websites might use cookies to collect or record user login information. Some users find this useful as they might want to the store their login information on website they frequently use. But some might be against the idea for security reasons.

How do I then manage cookies?

You can manage cookies from your web browser settings. Every browser has an option to either view or clear cookies. The problem with clearing cookies is that you will lose all your settings on the websites and you will be logged out of the websites you frequently use. You will have to log in again when you visit them. Visit this link if you want to know more about managing cookies.

I hope this piece of  information has been useful to you. Don’t forget to share the knowledge. Make sure you leave a comment with any additions or suggestions on topics you might want me to cover.

Cheers!!!

 

T.J

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2 Comments

  1. Clemence Chinjekure
    July 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Osome!
    I have always thought cookies are an irritation
    Always learning

    1. T.J Author
      July 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      That’s what i used to think too until i realized that i was actually missing out on a useful piece of technology here.

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