Cookies are files which are stored on your device during your session on the internet, more specifically when you visit a website. The file stored on your device usually contains information such as the name of the website (through which it was registered), the time it was stored on your device and an automatically generated code which is used to specify the browser from which the website was connected.
What are cookies used for and for what purpose?
You are probably familiar with and use the ‘remember me’ login function. This very function is supported by cookies and is one of the most well-known uses of them. In addition, cookies are also great for statistics. Thanks to them, the owner of a website can, in a way, “track” user behaviour on the website. This makes it possible to take specific marketing measures, decide whether to display advertisements to specific audiences or simply to adapt the content of the website so that its users are satisfied.
Deactivating cookies – consequences
In practice, disabling cookies is virtually imperceptible to us. The only issue that may cause concern is a slight hindrance when using certain functions of online services. Here, the previously mentioned “remember me” function can be cited. If you do not accept cookies, you will most likely not be able to use this function (you will be able to select it, but if you switch off the website or the browser, you will have to enter your login data again).
How do I clear my cookies?
Sometimes it happens that the browser starts to malfunction, it works slowly, pages take a long time to load and we wonder what we can do to “relieve” it. Of course, the best thing to do is to clear the browsing history and proverbially reset the browser to factory settings. This, however, means that we lose access to websites we have previously browsed to, which we may want to use again, but naturally forget the address of. The option of clearing cookies is therefore helpful. Each browser has a slightly different way of doing this, but it usually involves a few simple clicks. Usually, to do this, you need to go into your browser settings, then go to privacy settings or directly into the cookie management settings. From there, all you have to do is find the option to clear them and you’re done.