What makes a supercookie super? Are they more delicious than regular cookies? Not for Internet users that cherish their privacy. Continue reading to find out what tracking cookies are, what they mean for your privacy, and how to block them.
An HTTP cookie is a small piece of code that is left in your web browser by a website you visited. The cookie places information on your device so that the website could later identify you as a returning user.
They’re not necessarily a bad thing, as cookies can improve your online experience. The cookie contains a small text file that has information about you. This could be the last time you visited the website, your login details, or what you left in your shopping cart. The next time you visit the website, the information you previously provided will already be there.
Some cookies can crawl and track you to the websites you visit next, identifying your behavior patterns, and more. So what do super cookies do?
The name is rather misleading because supercookies are not actually cookies:
Tracking cookies aren't harmful to your computer in the way that viruses and malware are. However, cookies threaten something more important than your device – your privacy.
ISPs can inject supercookies to improve their advertising revenue and share your data with other companies. The worst part is that internet users have no control over this threat to their privacy. Supercookies could lead to the leaking of private data, government surveillance, and exploits by cybercriminals.
Supercookies are mysterious yet powerful creatures – detecting and deleting them is close to impossible. The traditional cookie clean-up won't make them go away, and neither will setting 'Do not track' in your browser or browsing in private mode.
Supercookies depend on HTTP connections, so making an encrypted connection with a website stops tracking headers from functioning. Visiting only HTTPS websites (those that use SSL or TLS certificates) should help you avoid supercookies tracking you or catching them in the first place.
Alternatively, you can reroute your internet traffic through a secure network. Sounds like rocket science? It’s not – all you need is a virtual private network, or VPN. NordVPN encrypts your internet connection, making it impossible for the ISP to apply tracking headers and for super cookies to follow you wherever you go.
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