What do these cookies mean?

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Hi, Recently I found out my husband is watching adult content when he goes away to work. I don't mind so much but it was suggested I check the cookies on his phone to see what he's been up to. I was shocked to discover hookup websites. Many of them. Each with different (data size) ex 3.1kb or 1.2kb etc. What does this mean? Is how often he visits these sites means the data size is bigger? Could these just of been stored on his phone because they are the cookies attached to the websites he's visited? This is what he's assuming because he says he's never been on one. (I've seen them pop up myself and always close them).....just trying to Google search info and not finding what I'm looking for. Thank you

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A lot of adult websites are a prime source of viruses, no pun intended. A lot of them are under a parent company and if you visit one you will get spammed with ads for their other sites. They may even send links to the hook-up sites as well.  These are mostly click bait to get you to keep putting your device at risk. Who knows what is truly going on behind the scenes. They may be using cookies to track the ads sent to your device. After all how many lonely housewives can be within 5 mile of my home… Just stupid…

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  • SomewaySomehow
    Thank you for your reply Todd but I'm still confused on the IT side of it....is the website data stored on our iPhone as cookies (under the advanced settings) ...the websites he's visited and how often based on the size? Or do our devices just store this data automatically and in different sizes? Thanks.
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  • ToddN2000
    It can vary on size depending on what data the site is storing in the cookie. The cookie is updated every time the site is visited and may change in size slightly. It's not an accumulative. Meaning if they visit the site 5  or 500 times the size will be very close. They basically store things like user preferences for the site so they can deliver a better viewing experience. It may also contain other things like account info such as email you used to register and things like that.
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  • SomewaySomehow
    Sorry to bother you but I decided to call Apple support to see what they had to say and they said to me by their Senior tech person...the amount of data size indicates how often that site is stored there and was visited. Which is strange because there are defiantly some sites I know he wouldve never been on! I confronted my husband and he pleaded his innocence and said he would call them himself and when he did he got a response closer to what your saying. I'm so confused right now. This could mean the end of an 18yr relationship! Anything else you have to add is VERY helpful right now. Thanks
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Basically, Cookies are small files which are stored on our pc/ laptop/ mobiles. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular website (which is visited frequently). This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular mobile/ laptop/ pc Or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website to the next. That amount of the data size does not mean, that it counts the counters of the visited web site(s). Also meanwhile, cookies record your preferences when visiting a particular web site.
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  • ToddN2000
    I wouldn't worry to much about it. Most married men I know visit sites like that once in a while or have magazines. I know when I was a kid a few of my friends dads had magazines ( before the internet ) it did not mean they had a bad relationship. IT may have been a little stale. On the other side of things, a lot of women's romance novels are very racy and border on pornography. It does not mean they care less for their spouse. It's their way of fantasizing. As you may have heard or read men are more visually stimulated where women are more mentally stimulated. Just remembered this they also have ladies night at a lot of bars with male entertainment and women go to those all the time. Is that wrong too??
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  • SomewaySomehow
    Thank you both. For the record I'm not worried about the "adult" sites. It's the ones that people try to find other adults in the area to "hook-up" that came up in the website data on his phone that I'm worried about (he works away 1/2 the year) and could easily get away with this. However last night we deleted everything off both our phones to experiment with it because he pleads his innocence and he was right when you visit some of these sites WAY more then that site is stored and in different sizes that were never visited. Could Apple tech have been wrong? Thanks again!!
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  • ToddN2000
    The only way to know for sure is to ask who runs the site what they store in the cookie and what makes it larger in size. It may be a long shot but you could try and email the webmasters of the sites. Sometimes at the bottom of the site there is a link to contact them. They would give you a black and white response as to what is actually going on. Other than that we can only make assumptions based on our own experience with web design and the use of cookies.
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  • SomewaySomehow
    Thanks so much! I will try this.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Please look at here, and this is a simple concepts and help from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201265
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