Not the edible kind...
We’ve all done it; hit “accept” on a cookie warning without reading the terms and conditions. Very often we do it just to get rid of the banner; but should you pay closer attention to those Ts&Cs?
A cookie is a text file, which is downloaded onto your device when you visit a site. This small file contains the name of the site along with a unique user ID. No personal information is stored. If you visit the same site again, your device checks to see if the cookie is relevant and sends that information back to the site.
A number of websites user the information sent back from your device to tailor their offering for you. This works well for online shopping sites. ‘Cookies’ are what makes a particular site remember what you left in your cart, for example. They help the site learn your layout preferences, how long you spend on a site and even if you have a background colour preference.
You don't have to accept cookies when you visit a site, but the service is enhanced in many ways by doing so.
While the cookies do not collect sensitive information, a banner appears on sites now after it emerged that this process was happening, without the consent of the user.
It’s possible to delete cookies from any browser. Here’s how to erase them via Google Chrome.
As mentioned, there’s nothing to fear when it comes to cookies, but knowledge is power. You can decide to accept, or not, as you browse the web.