You’ve heard of Hansel and Gretel, right? These two adventurous children left cookie crumbs to mark their path through the forest so they could find their way home. In a plot twist, their plan didn’t work out so well, but the tactic provides a solid theory as to where the term “website cookies” comes from.
Like the cookie crumbs in the fairy tale, web cookies help your browser collect and store helpful information in order to provide a positive web browsing experience. The new GDPR legislation in the EU has brought cookie usage to light for many small business owners and consumers who hadn’t previously known what they were. Let us break it down for you.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are text data files sent from a website to your browser (like Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) for storage. The browser can then use that information when visiting other websites or going back to the same place for repeat sessions.
Types of Cookies
There are several types of cookies that do different things. They can store login info, temporary session info, and form fields on e-commerce sites. They can also track visitors’ actions to personalize future browsing experiences. WordPress talks about the most common types of cookies you may encounter when browsing the web.
Cookies in Action
For example, let’s say that you want to log in to your email. Instead of signing in every time, cookies can save your password associated with your username to automatically fill in the password field so you don’t have to.
EU Cookie Law