A cookie is a small amount of text data provided to a web browser by a web server. The cookie is then stored on the visitor's hard drive and returned to the specific web server each time the browser requests a page from that server. The main purpose of cookies is to assign a unique identifier to each visitor of the website. It allows the website to track visitors as they navigate through the portal.
The most important cookie that DNN uses would be the forms authentication cookie. This cookie is generated when a user logs into the site. By default, it is a temporary (session) cookie. However, a user can change it to be a persistent cookie by checking the remember me option.
Cookies are also used for analytics in DNN; the application can track when users log in and which pages they open.
To see a list of available cookies in the Google Chrome browser, you can:
- Press F12 in your browser and open the Developer Tools
- In Click Application > Expand Cookies > Click the URL
Below is a list of DNN cookies to be aware of: