+1 (218) 451-4151 info@writersnest.org

Abstract: Internet cookies have been around for a few years now, and have become quite widespread in usage.  However, their use has attracted criticism from some privacy experts.  They claim that cookies give a web site’s administrator power to monitor an internet user’s travel through the internet – a blatant infraction into the anonymity on the internet.  What is being done to counter this claim is also discussed.
A cookie is a small text file placed by a Web server on a client’s browser for identification purposes.  This small text file (usually less than 1K in size) can contain information to identify a user to the Web server.1  The cookie is given during the first meeting between the browser and the Web page.  During each subsequent connection to the Web server, the cookie is sent by the browser to the server along with requests for Web pages.2
This small transfer of a cookie1 may greatly convenience the internet user.  By sending this identifying piece of information, the Web server can identify and tailor its Web content to its user.  This enables the webmaster to develop a number of useful features such as custom formatting of the Web site, offering custom services, alerting the user of new material since last visit, keeping track of shopping baskets, etc.3