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Learn About Cookies

Delicious in peanut butter, chocolate chip or snickerdoodle, in this case a cookie is a technology for remembering something about you.

Without cookies, every time you visit a new page our website would be very forgetful. Without any memory, a website can’t do a lot of stuff like let you login or buy something.

But it also means it can’t track you. Some websites use cookies to remember what you do on their website, and to target ads at you. Some of those websites share their cookies, so that ads on one website know what you liked on another. This has -- rightfully -- scared a lot of people.

Cookies aren’t automatically good or bad, but it’s worth understanding what you can do about them.

You can turn them off completely, which is a bit like banning all music to prevent another Nickelback album. Many websites simply won’t work.

A better option would be to turn off third-party cookies, which will stop most websites from sharing information about you. Some browsers –- like Safari -do this automatically.

And finally, you can take a deeper look into any websites which concern you. Most websites have policies that explain what they do, if you care to look.

More than 90% of websites use cookies. Cookies aren’t automatically good or bad, but it’s worth understanding what you can do about them. And while you browse, go grab a tasty cookie to munch on.














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