Cookies (also known as internet cookies, web cookies, browser cookies or HTTP cookies) are small pieces of information stored in text files. When a person accesses a website, cookies from that website are loaded in the user’s browser and saved on their computer.
Each cookie is unique in its own way and cannot pass viruses or capture personal information on your computer. It allows websites to work more efficiently, recognizing and remembering certain information, such as who you are and your preferences. Cookies are very common.
“Session cookies” are temporary and only last the length of a user’s current visit to a website, expiring when the user closes the browser. “Persistent cookies” do not expire when a user closes their browser and remember a user’s preferences on their device even after the browser is closed.