Cookies are small text files that are placed on a computer by a website that contain information that helps identify the user or remember any customized settings when the user visits the site again. Cookies are not dangerous or harmful and actually help to improve the browsing experience.Continue Reading
When a user visits a website, the site often stores a cookie on the user's computer. The cookie may contain important information such as username, settings, region or other data. The Web browser stores the cookie until the user visits the site that created it again. When this happens, the Web browser then resends the original cookie back to the site to identify the visitor and recall specific information about him.
The personal information stored by cookies is only stored on the user's computer, not on the website's server. It is therefore impossible for anyone to gain access to this personal information through the cookie, which only communicates with the appropriate website. Cookies also can't result in viruses or other malicious software infecting the computer for these same reasons.Learn more about Computers & Hardware