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Cookies and Your Computer

The MSN site explains:

"Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences on a particular site. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you'd prefer, you can set yours to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a Web site if you do so."

Cookies have been suspect of all sorts of malicious intent. They are not "executable" program files, they are simple and small .txt (plain text) files stored in either or both your "Internet Temporary Files" folder and your "Cookies" folder. Some cookies are associated with "visitor" counters, some are associated with Java and cgi scripts designed to detect your browser type and deliver the best version of the page for your browser. Cookies can also store information about your preferences as noted above and "remember" who you are when you return to a site. (Your page may open with a message such as "Welcome Joyce!")

If your browser is configured to notify you that a cookie is being sent you can decline or accept the cookie. Declining a cookie, usually, will not have an adverse effect on your viewing pleasure, but in some cases it will. You may be delivered a message on your browser that requests: "Please turn on your cookies to accept this page."

I manually accept or decline all cookies because my browsers are set to detect and notify of all cookies. To set your cookies check your browser for an OPTIONS or PREFERENCES menu (generally found in the FILE or EDIT menu.)

Also, if you have a cookie on your hard drive that continues to pre-select a page or options for the browser display, you may need to manually delete those files. Check both your Internet Temporary Files folder and your Cookies folder found on the hard drive (usually the C:\)under the "WINDOWS" directory for Internet Explorer 3.x. Check newer versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape "help" for cookie information. If you are not comfortable or familiar with deleting files DON'T TOUCH! Leave those cookies alone and check with a knowledgeable friend or computer technician if you ABSOLUTELY MUST "hurl your cookies" or you may accidentally remove vital system/program files!

(Note: After you delete cookies it would be a good idea to reboot [re-start] your computer.)



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