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Cookies Anyone?


Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2005

By: Dave Retz (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

Cookies are small text files that Web sites place in your computer to help your browsers remember specific information. For example, they might store your passwords and user IDs. They are also used to store your preferences for content or personalized pages. Most shopping carts use cookies. These allow you to choose items and leave the virtual store, then return later and find that all the items are still in your shopping cart. Cookies are also used to build a profile of which sites you visit and which banner ads you click on. Advertisers use this information to deliver targeted ads directly to your computer. Some sites save your preferences on the cookie itself. Other sites assign users ID numbers or encoded passwords and keep records of your preferences at their end. Some sites use temporary cookies (called session cookies) that are deleted when you exit your browser. Others place persistent cookies, which stay on your hard drive for long periods.

Want to be prompted before accepting cookies or completely disable accepting cookies? Here's how:

Explorer 4.x
Select "View | Internet Options..." from the main menu.
Change to the "Security" tab.
Select "Custom" and click "Settings..."
Scroll down to the "Security" section.
To enable: Select "Always accept cookies"
To disable: Select "Disable all cookie use"
To get a prompt: Select "Prompt before accepting cookies"
Click "OK"

Explorer 5.x
Select "Tools | Internet Options..." from the main menu.
Change to the "Security" tab
Click "Custom Level..."
Scroll down to the "Cookies" section.
To enable: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to "Enable" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Enable" To disable: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to "Disable" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Disable" To get a prompt: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to "Prompt" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Prompt"
Click "OK"

Navigator 3.x
Select "Options | Network Preferences..." from the main menu.
Change to the "Protocols" tab.
Navigator 3.x does not have an option to completely disable accepting cookies. To get a prompt: Check "Accepting a Cookie" under "Show an Alert Before"
Click "OK"

Communicator 4.x
Select "Edit | Preferences..." from the main menu.
Select "Advanced"
To enable: Select "Accept all cookies" or "Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server" To disable: Select "Disable cookie" To get a prompt: Check "Warn me before accepting a cookie" and select "Accept all cookies" or "Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server"
Click "OK"






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