Overview of cookies

The name cookie derives from UNIX objects called magic cookies.
These are tokens that are attached to a user or program and change depending on the areas entered by the user or program.

The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them. When you have cookies enabled and you enter a Web site that is using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing such information as your name and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same Web site, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The server can use this information to present you with Web pages customized for you. For example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome page you might see a welcome page with your name on it.

Cookies do not act maliciously on computer systems. They are merely text files that can be deleted at any time - they are not plug ins nor are they programs. Although cookies cannot be used to spread viruses and they cannot access your hard drive, this does not mean that cookies are not relevant to a user's privacy and anonymity on the Internet. Any personal information that you give to a Web site, including credit card information, will most likely be stored in a cookie. if enabled. Therefore cookies are relevant to privacy in that they contain the information that you provided to a Web site.

How to turn on cookies

To enjoy the registered user features of the web site you are visiting, you need to enable cookies on your web browser.
It's quick and simple to turn on the cookies feature.

Most browsers explain various options for managing cookies in their Help section.
For instructions on how to turn on cookies in the most common browsers read on.

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x
You don't have the option to turn off cookies in Explorer version 3.x. Your browser should accept them automatically.

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x (Windows)
Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x (Mac)
Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (Windows)
Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)
Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:

·  Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x (Windows)
Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:

·  Netscape Navigator 3.x
You don't have the option to turn off cookies in Navigator version 3.x. Your browser should accept them automatically.

·  Netscape Communicator 4.x

·  Netscape Communicator 6.x

·  Netscape Communicator 7.x

·  Mozilla Firefox 1.0

·  Safari Version 1.2.4