Monday, January 2, 2017

What is Cookie and how do cookies are useful

A cookie is a small text file stored by a website in a user’s web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome) that helps the website owner in many ways to make your visit to the website more enjoyable and meaningful to you. Among other things, cookies avoid you having to log in every time you come back to the website. They also allow to tailor a website or advertisement to better match your interests and preferences.

Session Cookie:

A session cookie is stored only in your computer’s working memory (RAM) and only lasts for your browsing session. When you close all your browser’s windows, or when you shut down your computer, the session cookie disappears forever.

Persistent Cookie:

A persistent cookie remains on your computer after you close your browser so that it can be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Service. Persistent cookies stay on your computer until either they expire or are overwritten with newer cookies, or you manually remove them. Most browsers can be configured not to accept cookies, however, this may prevent you from having access to some site functions or features.

Types of Cookies based on their uses

While specific names of the cookies and similar technologies that we use may change from time to time as one website improve and update their services, they generally fall into the below categories of use:

Authentication and security cookies:

These cookies are used to enable you to remain logged into a specific website, and verify that it is you as you use the website ex:Facebook, Quora, Google etc. This helps keep your account safe and secure from unauthorized use, and helps combat spam and other abuse which violates the terms and policies.

Analytics and research cookies

These cookies are used to better understand how people use the website. For example, how often particular features are used, or which content leads towards user activity.

Product features and setting cookies

These cookies are used to enable the functionality of some features within the Quora product, in particular to personalize the experience towards you. We also use these cookies to store certain of your preferences and settings.

Advertising cookies

 These cookies are used to help deliver relevant ads to you and measure the performance of ads.

Flash Cookies

The website may, in certain situations, use Adobe Flash Player to deliver special content, such as video clips or animation. To improve your user experience, Local Shared Objects (commonly known as "Flash cookies") are employed to provide functions such as remembering your settings and preferences. Flash cookies are stored on your device, but they are managed through an interface different from the one provided by your web browser. This means it is not possible to manage Flash cookies at the browser level, in the same way you would manage cookies. Instead, you can access your Flash management tools from Adobe's website directly.

  • The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies see for further information.
  •  Please be aware that if you disable or reject Flash cookies, you may not be able to access certain features, such as video content or services that require you to sign in.

For additional information on how to block cookies, please refer to the privacy or security settings of your browser.