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    what are cookies

    Hi, what in the actual world is a damn cookie? And what can you do with them? Like can I log in with some program into the website if I know the cookies?

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    Re: what are cookies

    Here is some information for you to view: https://www.howtogeek.com/119458/htg...rowser-cookie/
    Cookies are small pieces of information websites store on your computer. Cookies only contain bits of text, not anything else. The text can be a user ID, session ID, or any other text
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    Re: what are cookies

    The most common use of cookies are called "session cookies." They let web developers track people across multiple pages of a web site. HTTP is what's known as a "stateless" protocol. Each request is unique and unrelated to any prior request. So to handle tasks like authentication, developers place a cookie in the browser that can be consulted as the person goes from page to page. Without this feature, you would need to log in every time you looked at another page on sites like this one. Session cookies carry an expiration date (four hours for sites I build) and will be deleted when the browser is closed.

    There is another class of cookie that persists. These are the kind used in advertising and often operate across sites. For instance, when I visit the Washington Post site, I'll see ads for products on Amazon that I've looked at recently because my browser has a cookie denoting that fact. In Firefox, you can look in Edit > Preferences > Privacy and press the "Manage Data" button in the cookie section to see what cookies have been stored on your browser. You can delete them if you wish.
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    Re: what are cookies

    Thats perfect thank you so much!

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    Cookies

    Hi, how in the world can you see the content of a cookie? Like all I see are letters and numbers... is there a way to actually see what it is written? If not would it be possible to relog into the same domain with the cookie I have, and if so how?

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    Re: Cookies

    Depending on what browser you are using you will find a number of cookie inspectors as extensions.
    For example in Chromium Browser I use Cookie Inspector.

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    Re: Cookies

    oh ok makes sense. thank you

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    Re: what are cookies

    Duplicate threads merged.

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