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Stephanie Benoit-Terrazas

I was an early childhood educator for 7 years. I am extremely passionate about global access to high-quality education. I have been working in the education space for a decade. I have a CDA, Bachelor of Arts in History, and another in Political Science. I have a Master's Degree in Communications and Media Studies.

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How Browser Cookies Work

August 3, 2021
Stephanie Benoit-Terrazas

How Do Browser Cookies Work?

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear the word “cookies,” it conjures images of our favorite blue monster willing up on a delicious snack. As cute as it might be to think of a cookie monster hiding out on your computer and munching on chocolate chip goodness, that is not quite what browser cookies are.

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are text files stored on your computer. They contain tiny bits of information about you. The data is usually a user id, a session id, or some small identifier. Cookies are functional because they can save your settings on certain websites.

How Do Cookies Work?

For example, When you shop on Amazon, it remembers your login, shoe size, and dress size. That happens because cookies help the site restore your settings with each new browsing session.

Basically, Cookies are how your settings are saved as you browse the web. Their shelf life is usually about 30 days, but they can stay for several years

What Information Do Cookies Collect?

While cookies have been getting a bad rep lately, they are not the boogie man you might think. Cookies collect data anonymously. The only way that they track you is if you return to the same browser on the same device. Cookies can’t tell if you are the user or if it is your weird cousin Al.

Cookies also expire. Which is important to remember.

What Does The Readiness Factor Use Cookies For?

The Readiness Factor makes money through affiliate marketing. So, we use cookies to track our traffic as we interact with advertisers. We also use cookies to track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts through social media sites and Google AdWords.

Can The Site Still Work If I Decline Cookies?

If you choose to decline cookies, all the content of our website will still be available to you. While cookies are helpful for our marketing efforts, you are not obligated to allow them.

Are Cookies The Same Thing As Caching?

No, Cookies and Caching play different roles in your web browsing experience. Mediavine does an exceptional job explaining this. Just to summarize, caching helps websites you have visited in the past load faster the next time you visit.

If you have any other questions about the content we post or how we use cookies, feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer any questions.

Happy Browsing!

The Ready Team