These are not the sort of cookies you buy in shops or make at home, but Internet cookies.
When you access a website, it is likely to store snippets of information on your computer – this is usually to help the website work efficiently e.g. remembering which pages you have already seen and not having to get you to login for each page. These snippets of information are called ‘cookies’.
There are “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies.
Session cookies are automatically deleted when you leave the website but persistent cookies stay until a date set when the cookie was created.
Most cookies are perfectly safe, but some can be used to track you without your consent.
What Are Cookies Used For?
Personalization. This usually refers to customized advertising i.e. presenting adverts where either you have selected which subjects for the adverts or your browsing is tracked so they can try to pick adverts you might respond to.
is the main way cookies are used to personalize your sessions. You may view certain items or parts of a site, and cookies use this data to help build targeted ads that you might enjoy.
Persistent cookies are used to track whether a user is logged in and under what name. They also streamline login information, so users don’t have to remember site passwords.
- Find the cookie section — typically under Settings > Privacy.
- Click the boxes to allow cookies. Sometimes the option says, “Allow local data.”
- If you don’t want cookies, you can simply uncheck these boxes.
Removing cookies can help you mitigate your risks of privacy breaches. It can also reset your browser tracking and personalization.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.