Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion): What are cookies?

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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that a website creates and places on your computer. When you visit a website that uses cookies, the site asks Safari to store cookies on your computer. When you return to the site later, Safari sends back the cookies that belong to the site.

Cookies can store information that identifies you, such as your name and email address. A website has access only to the information you provide. For example, a website can’t determine your email address unless you provide it. A website can’t gain access to other information on your computer.

Cookies tell a website who you are so that the site can perform a variety of functions that might be convenient for you. The site might store your preferences, such as the type of books you like to read or which movies are of interest to you, or provide tracking information for your online purchases, or remember your scores in an online game you like to play.

By default, Safari accepts cookies only from websites you open. This might help prevent certain advertisers from storing cookies on your computer. You can change your cookies preferences so that Safari blocks all cookies or accepts all cookies.

Published Date: May 29, 2014