We don't think Cookie Monster ever envisioned a type of cookie he couldn't or wouldn't want to eat but HTTP cookies would probably fit that bill. Poor Cookie Monster, Oh well, he couldn't very well be able to survive if he attempted to eat an HTTP cookie and that's a good thing for web users that have no idea what an HTTP cookie is but wouldn't be able to surf the web all day long looking at fashion trends and deals or fantasy football websites without HTTP cookies. After reading our article you can also click here to learn more about cookies and what they do.
The term HTTP cookie is one you may have heard of before but never fully understood but we want to change that and make you fully aware of what an HTTP cookie is and why it's so important to you when you're online or reading your e-mail. An HTTP cookie, or cookie, as it's usually referred to is a tiny text file that your web browser stores on the machine or device such as a computer or smartphone you browse the web from.
HTTP cookies don't contain any executable code and are simply plain text. The websites you visit will instruct the browser you use to store the cookies and then send the information from the cookies back. Web servers use the information they get from the cookies to identify you every time you visit the site. Why is that important to you when browsing a certain website or your go-to online newspaper site? Well, that would have to do with the fact that it remembers you as a unique user and won't ask you to re-authenticate yourself every time you visit their site, especially if it's one that requires you to sign-in.
As an example, let's say you visit a website for your dentist that requires you to enter a username and password to view the site and your information. Once you do that and you have been verified the site won't ask you to do that again, which means you are free to leave the site and come back without having to worry about signing in again. However, those cookies are only present as long as the site is validated and you don't clear the cookies. If you clear your browsing history regularly and the cookies box is marked off to be cleared as well you can always use the option of remembering your login information that most web browsers offer.
Cookies don't contain viruses but there might be some third-party cookies found on websites you visit that track your browsing history, which is a privacy concern to some. Other than that though you should have no worries about HTTP cookies, even if you can't eat them!