Cookies are tasty baked goods. Cookies are also an internet term. Since we know what the desserts are…what exactly ARE cookies on my computer?
To be simple, “cookies” are tiny files that websites you visit place on your computer. The file holds info that allows your browser to give you a personalized web experience.
For example: EarthLink.net. When you first visit, you see a page where you can choose to view “residential” or “business” information (see graphic below). Once you chose “residential” information, you are brought to a page showing only residential services.
When you make this selection, EarthLink gives your computer a “cookie” so it remembers that you’re interested in residential info. Because of the cookie, the next time you visit EarthLink.net, you’ll be taken straight to this page instead of the initial one showing the choices (see second graphic, below).
You can control these files (set your browser to accept them or deny them, and you can easily delete them…if you want to see EarthLink.net’s “Residential or Business info?” page again, for example…), but we recommend accepting them, since they are created to give you a more seamless internet experience.