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Are website cookies dangerous?

by | April 20, 2018, 11:16

Online life is ever-growing, and it makes sense to be cautious about the security of your information on the internet. One of the most basic debates about privacy on the internet is the issue of website cookies. Do website cookies infringe on your privacy? Are website cookies dangerous? And really, what do website cookies even do?

Website cookies are the small text files stored in your browser. They contain bits of information that are either particular to you or to a website you visit. Website cookies are created to keep track and monitor your activities on the web: the pages you visit, your online purchases, and other activities on a site that you visited. These cookies make your web surfing experience more tailored to you, by allowing websites to guess what your preferences are. One of the advantages of cookies is the simplification of the user experience. The cookies allow the website’s server to identify your presence on the website. The type of information can range from remembering your user ID for various sites to remembering the pages you spend time on. For example, if you visit one of your favorite online stores, the cookies will keep track of the types of items you browse and remember next time you visit.

In addition to website cookies being used to improve your experience, cookies also use your shared information for digital purposes. A cookie will be stored in your browser if you purchase a specific brand of laptop online. Activities like this will be used for marketing purposes, determining the kind of ads that you will see while online. This can also mean that you will see ads on other websites that show you the things you were recently browsing.

However, we still want to know if cookies can be dangerous. The answer is that website cookies are not dangerous and do not create a potential threat to your privacy. Website cookies cannot be used to reveal or identify your private information. Website cookies cannot have more than the information you have already shared with the website, i.e., log in details, names, pages visited and so on. Websites cookies cannot access your private information on your laptop or Smartphone—they can’t get information on files and data stored on your computer or smartphone, unless the you have willingly shared something with the website. And website cookies can’t control the functions of your devices.

If you still want to, you can control website cookies. All major web browsers provide the cookies prevention feature, which allows you to prevent a website from storing the text file on your browser. It is easy and stress-free to control the website cookies by accepting or rejecting this option in your browser settings.

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