What is Cookie?

Cookie definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a small cake made from stiff, sweet dough rolled and sliced or dropped by spoonfuls on a large, flat pan (cookie sheet) and baked.
Informal. dear; sweetheart (a term of address, usually connoting affection).
Slang. a person: a smart cookie; a tough cookie. an alluring young woman.

Computers. a message, or segment of data, containing information about a user, sent by a web server to a browser and sent back to the server each time the browser requests a web page.
South Atlantic States (chiefly North Carolina ). a doughnut.
Scot. a bun.





What is cookie?

cookie meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A small string of data created by a Web server, transmitted to a computer connected to the Internet, and stored in the cookie file of its Web browser. Originally intended to reduce the amount of time required for Web site registration by retrieving from the user’s hard drive input provided in a previous visit, cookies can also be used to determine what a user viewed on previous visits and on visits to other Web sites. Potential invasiveness has made cookies the subject of debate over privacy. Web browser software can be set to allow the user to accept or reject a cookie at the time it is offered or to reject all cookies automatically. “Cookie manager” software provides a wider range of options. Click here to learn more about cookies, courtesy of HowStuffWorks.


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