A cookie is a text-based data file which a website can use to save information on the computer of the website visitor. Cookies are often used to enable access to different functions or services on the website. The information contained in cookies varies from website to website but usually concerns information which enhances the user experience. There are two types of cookies: cookies and session cookies.
- Cookies can e.g. be used to report to the visitor what has happened on the website since the last time it was visited. This type of cookies can also be used to gather statistics or save a username and/or a password necessary to log into a service. The information is stored for a varied lenght of time, determined by the website.
- Session cookies can be used during the time a user is visiting the website. These cookies are only saved temporarily on the work memory of the website visitor’s computer and are automatically deleted when the visitor closes the web browser. A usual function for this type of cookies is to maintain temporary settings like language, CSS or alike. They can also facilitate navigation on the website.