A “cookie” is a small piece of text data that is stored on the user’s computer, and is typically used to identify that particular visitor and aims to provide them with a more efficient experience. This technology is used to effectively customise pages for the visitor, by storing login information or preferences and history, as well as indicating useful traffic tracking for the website owner.
Cookies do not contain any personal information about the user, and most web browser allows a level of control (through the browser settings) so that users can manage or delete such cookies.
“Session cookies” are used in a similar way, but they are stored in temporary memory and are destroyed when the user closes the web browser. These cookies are used by the web server to store information about the users’ browser session and help the use the website interactively. This type of cookie also enables web owners validate the user, making sure that it is no one else under pretence.
By ticking the box “Remember my Details” on the login page, this enables a cookie to retain this information. The cookie will be deleted when the user manually logs out.