Should I Accept Cookies From Strangers? Yes and No

Anyone who spends any time on a device surfing the web has gotten the message when opening a link to a website: “This website uses cookies. Accept Cookies? YES. NO.” Most of the time, it is safe to accept cookies. To understand the risks associated with accepting cookies when entering a website, we must first ask the question: “What does it mean when a website uses cookies, and how are they legitimately meant to be used?”

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files holding simple information related to your website visit. Cookies are used for:

The above are the most common uses of cookies. The two main types of cookies are “Session Cookies” and “Persistent Cookies.”

Should I Accept Cookies or Not?

The good news is that the vast majority of websites use cookies for pretty mundane purposes with no ill-intent, such as counting visitors and processing orders efficiently. However, it is not difficult to imagine how cybercriminals can highjack cookies and access a lot of personal and private information. You only need to think of all the times you’ve filled out an order form with name, address and phone numbers as well as financial information such as credit card numbers and security codes.

Which Are the Bad Cookies? Should I Start Blocking Cookies?

These are the most common cookies to avoid: