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5. Power Tools for Web Developers > 52. Stomp on Cookies

Stomp on Cookies

Track, trap, configure, kill, create, and otherwise diddle with HTTP cookies.

HTTP is a stateless protocol, meaning that each web request made by the browser is independent of all other requests. This greatly preserves the user’s privacy. Cookies are an enhancement to the HTTP standard that introduces tracking information that web browsers and servers can share. That tracking information consists of (usually) a single HTTP header line that goes back and forth between the User Agent (browser) and the server. They include a small amount of access-control information based on URLs and expiry dates. This hack explains how to manipulate cookies from the browser side, once they’re generated.


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