background knowledge cookie session A cookie is a piece of text stored by a user's web browser.text's wser. A cookA cookie can be used for authentication, storing site preferences,ring site pref shopping cart contents, the identifier for a server-based session,ifier for a s or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.ished t The session information is stored on the web server using the session identifier (session ID) generated as a result of the first (sometimes the first authenticated) request from the end user running a web browser. The "storage" of session IDs and the associated session data (user name, account number, etc.) on the web server is accomplished using a variety of techniques including, but not limited to: local memory, flat files, and databases. 39
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