What Is A Cookie?
A "cookie" is a small piece of information that is sent by a web server to be stored on a web browser, so that it can later be read back from that browser the next time this unique visitor returns to that web server. This becomes useful for having the browser remember specific information about this visitor like location of their last visit, time spent, or user preferences (like style sheets). The cookie is a text file that is saved in the browser's directory and is stored in RAM while the browser is running. Also, the cookie may be stored on the computer's hard drive once you log off from that web site or web server.
What Are Cookies Used For?
Some visitors feel it is an invasion of privacy for a web site to track their progress on a site. We, at Marketing.org, use this knowledge strictly for the purpose of making your visits to our site as short and productive as possible. We want to get you the information or services you seek as quickly as possible and allow you to get back to work without delay. Site navigation statistics are critical to the continuing redesign of our site. We need to know if 100 different people visited our site or if one person (or robot) continuously hit the reload button 100 times.
How Do These Cookies Work?
A command line in the HTML code of a document tells the browser to set a cookie of a certain name or value. The following is a general example of a script used to set a cookie.
Set-Cookie: name = VALUE;
expires = DATE;
path = PATH;
domain = DOMAIN_NAME;
As with everything else about the Internet, you are only as anonymous as you wish to be. No web site knows who you are until you reveal to it who you are. In the meantime, a cookie is simply a means of tracking site statistics in order to better understand usage patterns and to improve visitor productivity. A cookie is our way of remembering that information. The extent of that knowledge will not go beyond our site. Therefore, your identity will not become public to the entire Internet because you visited our site. While you may perceive that your privacy is being violated, if you visit our site and do not register, we will not know who you are. If you do not reveal private information to the Internet, it will not be known to the Internet.