Microsoft indicates this as the definition of cookies on their site:
"A very small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web Page server. It is essentially your identification card, and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. It is uniquely yours and can only be read by the server that gave it to you."
Plain and simple, cookies are only used to benifit you. If you're visiting a webpage and you would like any information remembered, like your username and password or perhaps, the most recent things you have looked at, you would need cookies enabled within your browser. The website you have visited; would also use a cookie to see if you have already voted on a poll, or have accessed their site before.
When you visit a website, and a cookie has been placed- you can find the cookie here:
C:WindowsTempCookies or C:WindowsCookies
All cookies are in .txt format, meaning that they are a text file. Here is an example of a cookie used on my computer: ( email@example.com )
BUT I HEAR, COOKIES ARE THE DEVIL!!!
Many people have a misconception with cookies. They think- "oh my god, they give out personal information about me to the website" or "they can impose viruses through them if used malaciously." Both of those statments are incorrect. The website which you have allowed to use a cookie does not actually see any of that information stored within. The site will use the information to your benifit and will virtually make your experience and interactivity with website more pleasurable. So dont listen to those people. (They also think Elvis is alive)
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