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.
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
- Cookies are accepted automatically in Internet Explorer 3.x and up. If you want to confirm that you can accept them:
- Under the "Tools" menu, click "Internet Options"
- Click the "Privacy" tab
- Click the "Advanced" button
- Put a check mark in the Box for "Override Automatic Cookie Handling"
- At the bottom, put another check mark in the "Always accept session cookies"
- Click "OK"
- Open the "Edit" menu and select "Preferences."
- In the "Preferences" window, select "Privacy and Security" and then "Cookies".
- Select "Enable All Cookies" or "Enable cookies for the originating website only".
- Click "OK."
- Click on "Tools" on the menu bar and select "Options".
- In the "Options" window, select / Expand "Cookies".
- Select "Allow Sites to Set Cookies".
- Open the Safari browser and click on the Safari tab on the menu bar.
- Click on preferences.
- Click on the security tab in this new window.
- Accepting Cookies: Please make sure that you either choose "Only from sites you navigate to" or "Always" in the cookies are.
More Up to Date Information
- Firefox : Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences
- Firefox for Android : Enable or disable cookies
- Microsoft Internet Explorer : Block or allow cookies
- Microsoft Internet Explorer : Delete and manage cookies
- Apple Safari 8 (Yosemite): Manage cookies and website data
- Safari web settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Security and Privacy in Opera
- Google Chrome : Enable or disable cookies
- Google Chrome Mobile : Manage website settings in Chrome for mobile
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