Have you ever wondered why you only need to login to Facebook once each session? If a password is required to access your Facebook data, why don’t you have to enter a password for each page? The answer for that is simple; you have internet cookies to thank for that.
An internet cookie or a browser cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser while you are accessing a website. When you browse the same website in the future, the data collected in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of your previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or user previous activity.
Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, cookies can be used by attackers to be tracking cookies which are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories which creates a major privacy concern.
Why you should clean up cookies?
Most cookies are used to record your web surfing history. This is one of prime reason why you are targeted by spammers. A cookie can sometimes be nothing more than a spy stealing as much information as it can before discovered or deleted. Although cookies are tools designed to improve your browsing experience sadly, they have become a digital tool to steal information. Delete cookie history files just to be safe. In additional clutter in browser history and cookies may cause your browser to become slow and unresponsive.