Browser Cookies

Browser cookies are small data files sent from websites and stored on your computer. They play a crucial role in enhancing your online experience by storing information such as cart details on shopping websites, login credentials when you choose to “Remember Me,” tracking activities across different websites, and storing customized settings for your favorite sites.

Types of Cookies

There are several types of cookies, but the most common ones you’ll encounter are first-party and third-party cookies.

  • First-party cookies are created by the site you are currently visiting. These cookies store custom settings, remember your user login, and generally improve your user experience on that specific site.
  • Third-party cookies are created by external entities, such as advertisers or analytics services, that have elements embedded on the site you’re visiting. These cookies are primarily used for tracking your activities across different sites for advertising purposes.

Cookie Expiration and Deletion

Cookies can be set to expire at a certain date, at which point they are automatically removed. However, many cookies persist indefinitely and must be deleted manually.

Should You Manually Clean Out Your Browser’s Cookies?

Manual cookie deletion can be beneficial, especially if you encounter issues with specific websites. Deleting cookies for a particular site can resolve problems caused by corrupt cookie data. If you face issues across multiple sites, you might consider deleting all cookies. Be aware, though, that this action will log you out of all sites and erase any remembered settings.

GDPR and Cookie Consent

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union, the handling of cookies has become more regulated. Websites must now obtain explicit consent from users before storing most types of cookies. This law enhances user privacy and control over personal data.

Under GDPR, websites are required to:

  • Inform users about the types of cookies being used.
  • Obtain clear and explicit consent from users before storing cookies.
  • Allow users to withdraw consent as easily as it was given.
  • Provide options for users to manage their cookie preferences.

Need Help?

If you experience issues with specific websites or need assistance managing your cookies, SandStorm IT is here to help. Contact us at 901-475-0275, and we’ll swiftly resolve any problems you’re facing.

Embrace a safer and more personalized browsing experience while staying informed about your rights and data privacy in the digital age.