What is a Cookie?

The non-delicious definition of a Cookie is a file placed on a user’s computer which allows a website to remember that user’s details and track visits. Cookies are not malicious in nature, but can be misused in the wrong hands: the data collected can be sold to advertisers, and hackers can use cookies in some types of cyber attacks.

How to Recognize This Threat: Cookies are automatically collected by websites unless the user opts out of cookies or adjusts web browser privacy settings.

How to Prevent This Threat: Cookies are not a threat in themselves. They can be controlled by regularly deleting them or by setting web browsers not to share them automatically. Prevent cookies being used against your organization with a firewall from a top brand.