What are Cookies?
Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.
Cookies usually don’t contain much information except for the URL of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.
There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies.
- Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder while you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted.
- Persistent cookie files remain in your browser’s subfolder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie remains in the browser’s subfolder for the duration period set within the cookie’s file.
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. Two types of cookies are used on this website-session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
Cookie Poisoning attacks involve the modification of the contents of a cookie (personal information stored in a Web user’s computer) in order to bypass security mechanisms. Using cookie poisoning attacks, attackers can gain unauthorized information about another user and steal their identity. Some hacker conducting cookie poisoning can forge cookies and gain legal access to the account of another user. Such malicious practice is quite popular among hackers who indulge in identity theft.
What is Cookie stuffing? It sounds like a delicious treat but it’s not. Cookie stuffing is actually a black hat seo technique that involves four things.
- Your site that has a cookie stuffing script on it;
- Visitor who is going to click on your add;
- Visitors computer that will receive the cookie, be “stuffed” with it.
- An affiliate program from which you will get your “cookie”