How your personal information becomes public on the internet Part 2
Cookies: When users visit different Web sites, most of the sites deposit data about the user visit, called "cookies," on the user’s hard drive. Cookies are then used to send pieces of information by the Web server to a user's browser for purposes of identification, authentication, marketing, shopping cart information or browsing history etc. Cookies may include information such as login or registration identification, user preferences, online "shopping cart" information, and so on. The browser saves all the information, and sends it back to the Web server whenever the user returns to the Web site. The Web server may use the cookie to adapt the information, content or format that it sends to the user, or it may preserve tracking of the different pages within the site that the user accesses.
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