What are Cookies? most people either don't know how or why cookies are needed or have a misunderstanding of what exactly cookies do so we will provide you with a brief explanation.
When you enter a website a short file is installed into your browser which identifies your browser through the IP address of your PC. These cookies technically shouldn't really need to stay there more than 24hrs but as we can't speak for what others do don't be surprised if some are there longer as it all depends on the site owners settings.
Cookies do not collect information from your computer but instead tracks your clicks, the pages you visit, how long your on those pages and any log in details you may have used to log into that site and these details do 2 things.
1) Have you ever noticed a website you have been to in the morning and logged of and when you returned to it a few hours later it remembered what you did and also your login details meaning most times your already/still logged in. Well that's the cookies at work making it easier for you when you return to that site.
2) The cookies file sends us information about what pages you visited and how long you stayed on them and how many times you returned to that website. It does not send us your login details or any other personal details you may be using on that website or on your computer so your information is quite safe.
Plus if your using a site which is protected using SSL in the browser then everything sent through will be encrypted so no one can intercept the details.
We hope that this generalized explanation has help you understand why cookies are necessary.
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