What are "cookies?"

Some people don't like cookies. It's hard to completely turn off cookie support in your browser because so many pages depend on them. In some cases you might even want to keep a cookie.

Sometime sites allow you to create a personalized interface. The information about your preferences is stored as a cookie. (Such as visiting your On-Line Bank)

Netscape users will notice only one cookie file is created. Netscape keeps all it's cookies in one file. Internet Explorer users will see a separate file for each cookie.

A Cookie is:

A very small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web Page you visited. Not all web pages uses cookies. 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 web page that gave it to you.

How a Cookie Helps You:

It saves you time.

If you personalize pages, or register for products or services, a cookie helps the issuing web page remember who you are.

Next time you return, they know to show you the information you requested. Or, when you register for another product or service, all you need to do is type in your e-mail address and a password. The issuing web page may then fill in any questions you've already answered. Of course, if you never register or leave personal information with a issuing web page, then the web page only knows that someone with your cookie has returned to the Web site. You are in charge of deciding whether issuing web page know anything 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.

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.

How to delete ALL cookies you've accepted: (This is an all or nothing option):

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 delete cookies. (In the middle of the window)

4. A warning window will appear asking you "Delete all cookies in the temporary Internet files folder?" Your options are YES or CANCEL. Clicking YES will delete all the cookies. Clicking CANCEL will stop the operation.