What are cookies? All you need to know about cookies
What does a cookie do?
For example, if you’re shopping on an ecommerce website, cookies are used to track activities such as adding items to a basket, favouriting items, checking out, and much more. Without cookies, it’d be impossible to shop online.
When you’re logging on to a website, such as Facebook, cookies store your password (safely). In this case, cookies are used to improve your online experience and speed things up, so that you don’t have to keep re-entering your email and password. Some cookies are used for advertising purposes, either by the website or 3rd party advertisers. If you’ve ever visited an online store, then later in the day you see an advert for that product on your social media – cookies are the reason why!
How can I manage my cookies?
Managing your cookies is easier than ever. On your web browser, visit the settings page. From there, navigate to the cookies page, which is typically within the ‘security’ or ‘privacy’ sections. From there, you can see which websites are using cookies and how many. You can also take actions, such as clearing your cookies. Bear in mind that this will often wipe saved passwords and other information, however you may experience faster loading times on your device.
Managing how you’re monitored and tracked on the internet is more important than ever. You may not think it, but your data has value, and websites and hackers may want to steal, store or sell your digital data. If you’re concerned about how your data is being handled on the internet, it may be worth considering a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. To find out more about VPNs, read our insights on VPNs, what they are and what they do.
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