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Cookies are a tool that, along with browsing history, help web browsers speed up users’ browsing sessions. But cookies also pose a threat. Attackers could steal them to gain access to our accounts and, by extension, make off with our personal information.
You’ve probably heard someone at one point tell you to delete your cookies/browsing history and/or clear your cache when you were experiencing technical issues online. There are other valid reasons as well.
Before we get into the notion of deleting cookies and other elements of a user’s browsing history, it’s important that we first understand how users generate histories while browsing the web.
Taking a broad view, “history” in this situation refers to information that a user generates while using a web browser. This data ranges from files downloaded to sites visited to other important tidbits. Every piece of history falls into one of seven categories.