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A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once the file is added, the cookie in question helps to analyse web traffic or tracks when you visit a particular site.

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can, as a result of the cookies, tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Some websites use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being accessed. This helps the firm analyse data about the web page traffic and improve their website in order to tailor it to their client’s needs. The information is only used for statistical purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall cookies help a firm provide clients with a better website and browsing experience by enabling them to monitor which pages clients’ find useful and which they do not. A cookie does not give them access to a client’s computer or any information about them, other than the data the clients’ choose to share with them.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings

to decline cookies if you prefer.

It is important to note that denying access to cookies may prevent one from taking full advantage of the website.

  • Quick dev questions once cookies = added:
  • What type of cookies does site use? Ie. Functional, marketing or analytics for

What is the purpose of each cookie?