Internet Lingo: Deciphering Cookies & Secure Websites

September 11, 2019 by Elyse S. Insider 0


What does “not secure” really mean on google chrome?

When a website is classified as non-HTTPS it becomes categorized as “not secure.” This means that if you enter any passwords or important financial data, your personal information could be at risk. However, secure websites with the HTTPS encryption provide valuable protection against website impersonators that trick you into thinking that the password you’re logging in with is the real website. In reality, you are potentially giving your information to someone with bad intentions. In addition to protecting your information, secure sites allow for additional privacy when visiting pages. Your web search path can be hidden and kept private. In conclusion, make sure any site where you provide information is HTTPS encrypted!  


What is a cookie?

No, I am not talking about the dessert that grandmas all over the world have perfected (although I would not mind dedicating a different blog to that topic). I am here to discuss what a computer cookie, also known as HTTP cookie, browser cookie, web cookie, or internet cookie, is. They store information gathered from different websites you visited into a file in your web browser, providing preferences and relevant content. This is also useful for websites with login credentials that you frequently visit because it saves you from having to type in your password and username every time you log in. Normal internet cookies are safe; however, malicious parties can create viruses disguised as cookies so it is important to be aware of the possibilities. If you’re ever concerned about this stored data, you can always clear your cookies with these  simple steps: 


  1. On your computer, open Chrome
  2. At the top right, click More 
  3. Click More tools Clear browsing data
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time
  5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" check the box
  6. Click Clear data