Are cookies affecting your information security?

Posted by: Russell Atkins

Cookies go great with milk, but they are not always as compatible with you secured information…

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Cookies are one of those technical tid bits of internet browsing that almost everyone has some awareness of. Good or bad we have learned to live with the pop ups asking to allow or enable cookies for particular websites. This often leads to the question: Are cookies dangerous?

To answer that, we first must understand what a cookie really is. Cookies are small, simple, text files that are created by websites that you’ve visited and are stored on your computer. These allow the website to recognize your computer the next time you visit. In today’s world the primary operation of a cookie is to keep you logged into the website for subsequent visits.

That small amount of information that a cookie contains does not necessarily make it dangerous. The only information a cookie can contain is the information you enter into the website. Which means that a website can only get information from the cookie that you have already given it.

So the answer to the question is yes and no. Cookies are not necessarily dangerous, but we can take steps to make sure we keep all of our information safe at all times. This includes limiting the sites you allow to save cookies, limiting the amount of personal information you give to websites, and making sure you change your passwords often and not using the same one for every site.

 

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