What is a cookie?
A cookie is just one or more pieces of information stored as strings of text on your machine. A web server sends you a cookie and the browser stores it. The browser then sends the cookie back to the server the next time the page is referenced.
You may be wondering:
Are cookies more than that? No. They are simply strings of text. On my machine there is a directory called c: \ windows \ cookies which contains all the cookies. These are small text files – you can open them and see the strings that are saved.
Are cookies dangerous? No. These are just short strings of text, and they can often improve navigation by allowing a server to recall any custom information you set.
Are cookies common? Yes, cookies are common. My hard drive contains over 500 separate cookies.
Can cookies transmit computer viruses? No. These are just text strings.
Can a business read my personal information on my hard drive with a cookie? No. Only the cookie sent first is sent back to the server. It is not modified or manipulated in any way.
What types of cookies do we use?
Essential cookies: Some cookies are essential for a website to function, for example WordPress cookies are necessary to provide you with a functional website.
Analytics cookies: We use analytics cookies to see where traffic is coming and going and what is being seen on our website, it is purely for statistics and no personal data is kept.