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Cookies: appetizing or not?

February 28th, 2008 by Igor Pankov

Cookies are small text files that generate information about the history of your recent site visits and web transactions. They mainly serve the goal of displaying personalized content by recognizing returning visitors. Cookies are sent by a server to a web browser when it accesses it for the first time and then returned by the client’s browser each time it accesses that server. HTTP cookies are used for authenticating, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users, such as site preferences and the contents of their electronic shopping carts. Cookies are not executable files and cannot cause any damage on their own.

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