Cookies are short pieces of data that are sent to your computer when you visit a website. On future visits, this data is then returned to that website to help identify you and your site preferences.
Yes. Cookies are just small pieces of data which cannot perform any operation by themselves.
The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to set your browser to accept new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.
Session cookies – these are temporary files which only last for the duration of your browser session and are typically deleted when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies – these files last longer than the browser session and enable your cart information and other preferences to be retrieved when you return to the website without needing to reenter the information every time. Persistent cookies are also used by service providers, contracted by Microchip Electronics, to recognize repeat users and analyze behavior. No personally identifying information is stored within or transmitted through these persistent cookies.