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What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small coded files that Web sites write onto your hard drive to keep track of the pages you've visited. They can only be read by the site that sent them to you, and they cannot search anything else on your computer. They also don't give away your name or other personally identifiable information (PII).

So, why are some people worried about cookies? Where you search and what you enter online can be very personal, sensitive information. If you've ever filled out a form or entered your name or password at the site, your personal information can be linked to your browsing habits there. So you'll want to read the privacy policy of the Web site you're visiting to see how cookies are handles. You may also change your browser settings to restrict cookies on your computer.

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