Cookies are small text files that websites send to your computer where they are stored on your pc’s hard drive. They act as digital flags letting a website know if you’ve visited before – in this way, a website can remember your preferences or registration details (but not passwords or encrypted data).

Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier by eliminating the need to repeatedly add the same information or preferences. Cookies aren’t programmes and can’t read or pass on information stored on your computer.