If you've ever had to deal with computer tech support, whether it's the Genius Bar or your company's IT department, you've probably heard the following question:
"Have you deleted your cookies?"
You likely responded with, "No, but I've eaten them!" and shared a sensible chuckle with the person on the phone. But dad jokes aside, what actually are cookies? Why do they even exist in the first place? How do you delete them? What is reality, anyway?
The answers to those first three questions can be found below, in our comprehensive guide to browser cookies. You're on your own with that last one, though.
So, what are cookies?
Simply put, "cookies" are actually small packets of data sent to your browser from websites you visit, containing information about your activity on the page, which your browser then saves as a small text file. That information can include your username and password, site preferences, or what you might've left in your Amazon shopping cart -- the browser saves that stuff so you don't have to re-enter it every time, which is nice.