What is the cookie inspector
The arctil cookie inspector is used to dissect and inspect website cookies. Cookies are small data files which are stored on your computer by your browser, websites can create, access and interpret cookies for a number of different uses.
Different uses for cookies
- Website preferences
- Authentication and session management
- Cookies can be used by websites to remember users who have successfully signed in, these cookies can remember account information such as the username.
- User Tracking
- Cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories, once collected this information can be sold to third parties. In 2011 European and U.S. lawmakers took action by forcing websites to give more information and control to the users about what cookies are used for.
Using the cookie inspector
The arctil cookie inspector is a built in tool that allows a user to view all cookies which are set by the target web page, it will try and identify the cookie type and if possible decode it. The arctil cookie inspector can be found by navigating to the "Tools -> Cookie Inspector".
Cookies can often come in many different formats, these are often common hash types which cannot be understood such as MD5 or SHA1 however these can also be reversible Base64 or even JSON web tokens (JWT). Arctil will try detect the cookie information for you and if possible decode it for you.
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