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How are computer cookies made?

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June 07, 2009 11:45AM

Answer: Computer cookie are made with tender loving care; but unfortunately, cannot be eaten unless you know where to find them. They are also known as a browser cookie; tracking cookie; web cookie; internet cookie and HTTP cookie and are small strings of text (coded by a human) and subsequently stored on a user's computer by means of the user having accessed a given Internet site (Host site) that was kind enough to store its cookie on your PC. A cookie's text string consists of one or more name-value pairs containing bits of information that are designed to tally user preferences (i.e.; which web sites are visited), shopping cart contents, and the identifier for a server-based session, or other data used by websites. In a nutshell, cookies are designed for marketing purposes allowing goods & service suppliers and manufacturers a means of knowing how the public is reacting to said goods & services. A cookie is sent as an HTTP header by a web (host) server to a web client (usually a browser used by you) and then sent back unchanged by the client each time it accesses that server. Cookies are subject to a number of misconceptions, mostly based on the erroneous notion that they are computer programs that run on a user's computer. In fact, cookies are simple pieces of text data that only affect the operation of the web server, not your PC, and do so in very specific ways. In particular, they are neither spyware nor viruses, although cookies from certain sites are described as spyware by many anti-spyware products because they can allow users to be tracked when they visit various sites.