Meaning of COOCKIE in English


It seems like everyone who tries to explain what a cookie is just has to make a joke out of it (because of the name), so I'm not even going to bother. In computer terminology, a cookie is data sent to your computer by a web server that records your actions on a certain web site. It's a lot like a preference file for a program on your computer. Whenever you visit the site after being sent the cookie, the site will load according to the information stored in the cookie. For example, some sites can remember information like your user name and password, so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit the site. Cookies are what allow you to have personalized web sites like "My Excite" or "My Yahoo" in which you can customize what is displayed on the page. Why the name, "cookie" is used, I have no idea.

English glossary of computer and Internet terms.      Английский глоссарий компьютерных и Интернет терминов.