Browser Cookies 101

Browser Cookie Tutorial

I always see a lot of confusion when it comes to website cookies. What are they for? What do they store? Are they delicious? So I thought I would take today’s post as a chance to describe what a website cookie does and why you need it (or may not need it).

A cookie (when talking about websites or browsers) is information stored on your computer by a website you visit. When you use Firefox, cookies are all stored in a single file, that is located in your profile folder. When you browse the website that placed the cookie again in the future, the cookie will help remember certain things about your previous activity on that website.

Here is what Mozilla has to say about what data cookies store:

Cookies can store a wide range of information, including personally identifiable information (such as your name, home address, e-mail address, or telephone number). However, this information can only be stored if you provide it – websites cannot gain access to information you didn’t provide to them, and they can’t access other files on your computer.

If you want to manage how cookies are handled in Firefox, you can go to Options > Privacy. Hope this ‘bit of information on cookies is informative and helps some of you out in the near future.

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