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Cookies e Cache. Para que servem

Anyone surfing the Internet will almost certainly have heard of these terms or have even seen them written on the sites they access. But do you know what these terms are and what they are for? In today’s article we will explain these two terms, Cookies and Cache, and explain what their importance is for.

To start with, it should be explained that both caches and cookies are intended to store information on your computer, but computers and websites use each of them for different purposes. And while there are some potential issues with using them, both were designed to increase performance and accessibility.

Let’s go through the explanation of what Cookies are:

Cookies are a piece of information that a website sends to your computer. Websites use cookies to identify your computer, which allows the website to store information about you. Websites often use cookies to save user preferences and to track the advertisements that a particular user has seen. This means that the user does not receive the same advertisement more than once. All cookies are stored on your hard drive; the specific location of the cookie depends on the browsers/browser you use.

And what is the cache:

Browsers use a cache to temporarily store web page information. When you click on a web page, the information is automatically transferred to the browser/browser cache. It caches this information, which means that the computer can access this information from its own cache the next time it visits this same page. It makes the web pages you visit more frequently to load faster, thus reducing the load on the server hosting the page.

While both seem to do much the same thing, there is a difference between caching and cookies. The main difference between them is the type of information they store. Cookies store information about you so that websites can access it. This type of stored information is limited to simple things like user preferences, IPs and information about the type of websites you visit.

The cache stores information that directly relates to the web pages you visit and includes a wide variety of types of information. The browsers/internet browsers record videos, audios, texts and images in the cache.

But you must have been thinking about the problems I mentioned above, what are these risks? The main risk in using cookies and caches is that anyone with access to your computer can see this information. Cookies can also be used to track your internet habits. Since the browser/browser cache can store different types of data, it can also take up much more space on your hard drive. More modern Browsers/Browsers  allow you to specify how much space you want to allocate to the cache. Browsers/browsers may also attempt to access a cached version of a web page when there is a new version of the page available, which can cause problems with page loading.

At HUB Ativo, our web design team will be able to prepare your website logo with the functions of Cookies and Cache to ensure greater speed on your website, whatever type it may be. For more information, contact us through our contact page or come visit HUB Ativo in Portimão and learn about this and other services we have for themselves.

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