What Are Cookies?

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your system. You can change your browser to notify you about cookies, so you can choose to accept the cookie or not. At times, if you do not accept the cookie, you will not be able to access a Web page. If you want to accept the cookie, you can later delete it from your windows\cookies directory. Below are some instructions on how to set cookie preferences:

Netscape®

Navigator 4.x:

  1. From the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select Advanced, and four options about cookies appear.
  3. Select Help for further information about these options.

Navigator 7.x:

  1. From the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select Privacy & Security, then select Cookies.
  3. Select Help for further information about these options.
  4. For more information about cookies and Netscape, go to the Netscape Web site.

Microsoft®

Internet Explorer 4:

  1. From the View menu, select Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to the yellow triangle icon labeled "Cookies."
  4. Select one of 3 options concerning cookies.

Internet Explorer 5.x, 6.x:

MSIE allows you to set options for each of four security zones: Internet; Local Intranet; Trusted Sites; Untrusted Sites. For each of these zones, you can choose whether to accept, reject, or be prompted for all persistent cookies, and all session cookies. To get to the option screen, choose "Tools/Internet Options", then select the Security tab. Then, for each of the zones, choose "Custom Level", and scroll down in the options screen to "Cookies".

For more information about cookies and Internet Explorer, go to the Microsoft website.

For all other browsers, contact the manufacturer for information about handling cookies.