(also spyware cookie)
Tracking cookies are small text files that track users’ online activity and preferences and keep records of their data, like the sites they visit, the links they open, and the searches they perform. The main usage of these cookies is to gather data that will help marketers in targeted advertising and web analytics. However, they significantly help hackers to access user information and enter their devices. Tracking cookies can create a detailed profile of users’ preferences, which third parties receive and can then sell. Additionally, hackers can utilize tracking cookies to spy on your keystrokes and steal users’ login credentials, such as usernames and passwords.
See also: VPN firewall, spyware
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