Session cookies are used by website servers to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server’s pages. By default, web pages really don’t have any ‘memory’. Cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn’t have to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site.
Persistent or tracking Cookies are employed to store user preferences.
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format. They are not compiled pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing. Accordingly, they cannot make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard virus definition.
Cookies CAN be used for malicious purposes though. Since they store information about a user’s browsing preferences and history, both on a specific site and browsing among several sites, cookies can be used to act as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products are well-aware of this problem and routinely flag cookies as candidates for deletion after standard virus and/or spyware scans.
Most browsers have built in privacy settings that provide differing levels of cookie acceptance, expiration time, and disposal after a user has visited a particular site. Backing up your computer can give you the peace of mind that your files are safe.
Cookies used on this site
- Content Management System cookies: These cookies are set by our content management system and are not used for any specific purpose by us.
How do I Control or Delete Cookies?
Cookies settings and preferences are set in your browser. You can manage or delete cookies. The steps you need to take to change your settings will vary with the browser you use. As the webpage for each browser can and does get moved, we suggest that you search your browser for “delete and manage cookies” or similar terms to find the relevant page. Disabling cookies may detrimentally affect your experience of using this website.