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A cookie is a little piece of information handed to a WWW client by a WWW server that contains information that can be retrieved by the server later. For instance, a server can hand your browser a cookie when you fill out a form stating your preferences for visiting that server. Then, the next time you visit the site, the server can read your preferences from the cookie it put in your browser on the first visit, and customize the appearance of the web site to your preferences. A cookie can also be called a Persistent Client Side State Object.

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