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A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user's computer or mobile phone when you first visit a website or page. Cookies are typically made up of letters and numbers and are stored on your computer by your internet browser which are then sent back to the originating website which recognises the cookie.
These statistics are things such as how many people have visited our website, what type of browser/technology they are using, as well as how long they spent on our site. These cookies help us to continuously measure and improve the performance of our website, and ultimately the user experience.
No, is the simple answer. Cookies cannot be used to circulate viruses, and they cannot access your computer's hard drive, although they are stored on the hard drive. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.
A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of: however users may often discover cookies from websites that they have not visited in their computer. Cookies like these are usually used by companies that use internet advertising for other websites.
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