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What can't cookies do?

Cookies are plain text files. They are not compiled so they cannot execute functions or make copies of themselves. They cannot browse through or scan your computer or otherwise snoop on you or dig for private information on your hard disk.

Cookies have a very limited function: to help your browser deliver the full features designed into many of today's websites. These features include smooth login, preference settings, themes, shopping carts, and many other features. Cookies cannot scan or retrieve your personal information.

Because cookies are just harmless files, or keys, they cannot look into your computer and find out information about you, your family, or read any material kept on your hard-drive. Cookies simply unlock a computer's memory and allow a website to recognise users when they return to a site by opening doors to different content or services. It is technically impossible for cookies to read personal information.