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Cookies definition

What are electronic cookies? 
Cookies are small data files that a web site places on a visitor's computer so that it can be identified upon returning to that site. This identification has many useful benefits, for example, it eliminates being asked for the same information during every visit to a site, such as a user name and password. The life of a cookie can be adjusted from one day to several months.

Browser provide the ability to prevent cookies from being placed, as well as to remove them later. 
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