- How do the websites I visit keep track of what I do?
- What is a cookie and what does it do?
- Are cookies good or bad?
Consider these questions as you review the examples below. Try the quiz from the left menu: What Have You Learned? after you’ve spent some time with this section.
Adjusting cookie settings is slightly different from one browser to another. This page on Enabling Cookies links to step-by-step instructions for Google Chrome, Firefox 2 or 3, Internet Explorer 6 or 7 and Safari 3.
Watch the videos below. Think about the questions above as you watch. Then review the Think Before You Ink section before checking your understanding (at the bottom of the page).
The following short video offers more information about cookies and how they are used.
Video posted by: googleprivacy
- Cookies are small pieces of code that are stored on your machine and provide a identifying code to the websites that you visit.
- Cookies are necessary for site personalization (such as Google Chrome, MSNBC, BBC or Netvibes) and to participate in many online courses at UBC.
- Cookies also track your online behaviour: the websites you visit, things you buy, and messages you post. Many early security issues have been addressed, however you may be uncomfortable with the automatic nature of the connection between your computer and other sites.
- You can control your cookies. You can set your preferences to enable or disable cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is requested.
- Play the video above to learn how you can modify the amount of access that cookies have on your computer.