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What are Cookies? Do you have control?

A cookie is a very small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web Page server. It is essentially your identification card, and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. It is uniquely yours and can only be read by the server that gave it to you.
A Cookie's Purpose is to tell the server that you've returned to that Web page. It can save you time. If you personalize pages, or register for products or services, a cookie helps that company remember who you are. So, the next time that you visit, they will have a good idea of what to show you. Or, for your convenience, you would not have to re-register as the cookies would provide this information from your previous visit.

WARNING: You are always in control of what information that you provide to anyone while online. You need to be cautious of some web sites that request too much information about you.

If You Want to Control Which Cookies You Accept:
You can order your browser to accept all cookies or to alert you every time a cookie is offered. Then you can decide whether to accept one or not.

If you're using Internet Explorer 6.0:

1. Choose Tools, then
2. Internet Options.
3. Click the Privacy tab,
4. Default setting is medium. Move the slider to determine which setting you prefer.
5. You can also click on Advanced for specialized cookie treatment.

If you're using Internet Explorer 5.0:

1. Choose Tools, then
2. Internet Options.
3. Click the Security tab,
4. Click Internet, then Custom Level.
5. Scroll down to Cookies and choose one of the two options.

If you're using Internet Explorer 4.0:

1. Choose View, then
2. Internet Options.
3. Click the Advanced tab,
4. Scroll down to the yellow exclamation icon under Security and choose one of the three options to regulate your use of cookies.

In Internet Explorer 3.0, you can View, Options, Advanced and click on the button that says Warn Before Accepting "Cookies."

If you are using Netscape Navigator 7.0:

On your Task Bar, click:

1. Edit, then
2. Preferences, then
3. Privacy & Security
4. Click on Cookies.
5. Set your "Cookies" preferences.

If you're using Netscape Communicator 4.0:

On your Task Bar, click:

1. Edit, then
2. Preferences, then
3. Click on Advanced.
4. Set your options in the box labeled "Cookies".

How to See Cookies You've Accepted:
If you're using Internet Explorer 6.0

On your task bar, click:

1. Tools, then
2. Internet Options.
3. Under the tab General (the default tab) click
4. Settings, then
5. View Files.

If you're using Internet Explorer 5.0

On your task bar, click:

Tools, then
Internet Options.
Under the tab General (the default tab) click
Settings, then
View Files.

If you're using Internet Explorer 4.0

On your task bar, click:

View, then
Internet Options.
Under the tab General (the default tab) click
Settings, then
View Files

Internet Explorer 3.0

On your Task Bar, click:

View, then
Options, then
Advanced, then
View Files.

Netscape Navigator 7.0:

On your Task Bar, click:
1. Tools, then
2. Cookie Manager, then
3. Manage Stored Cookies.

Netscape Communicator 4.0:

Netscape bundles all cookies into one file on your hard drive. You'll need to find the file, which it calls Cookie.txt on Windows machines.

How to See the Code in a Cookie:
Just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

 
 

 

 
 

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