What are cookies?

Sunday, May 29, 2005

A cookie is a piece of text that your browser stores on your computer.

Cookies are used by websites for different reasons: they allow an online shopping cart to remember your purchases, a site to remember what you viewed last time and make recommendations, etc. They are also often used by ad networks to remember what ads you viewed on a previous visit so they can decide which ads to show you on your current visit. Some websites will also serve ads based on cookies stored from a different website, which is why you may see similar ads on the different websites you visit.

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