What are web cookies?


by khou.com


Posted on March 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 30 at 3:39 PM

1. What is a cookie?
A "cookie" is a small piece of information that a Web site can store in a designated file on your computer. It can be used, among other things, to identify you when you log in to a Web site. When you visit a site, that site can access only the information which it stored in your cookie - not information put in other cookies by other sites. We are one of many sites that use cookies. 

2. Why does this site use cookies?
Cookies help identify you and your access privileges on our site. When you register or log in to our site, we set a cookie that tells us who you are. Every time you go to a page on our site we look at this cookie to verify your membership and recognize whether you are allowed access to the link you just clicked. If you choose to remain logged in to our site, we use a cookie to allow you automatic access to the site without requiring you to re-enter your e-mail address and password with each visit. This "permanent" cookie will remain on your hard disk until you click the "log out" link on our homepage, or delete your cookie file.
Please know that if your computer is set to refuse cookies, we have no way of knowing whether you are a registered user. Consequently, to enter secured areas of the site, you will be required to log in by entering your e-mail address and password with each visit.

If you are concerned about privacy, note that we never give out information to others about individual usage of our site. For more information, please read our privacy policy.  

3. How do I activate the "cookies" setting on my computer's browser?

To enable cookies, follow the instructions below for the browser version you are using.


Open your browser (IE) and select the TOOLS pull-down menu.

Select INTERNET OPTIONS from the bottom of the box.

Click on the PRIVACY tab.

You will be see a slider bar. Drag it up or down as needed to find the "Medium" setting. It is the fourth notch from the top. This is the default privacy setting in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Press OK until you are returned to your browser.


It is also possible to allow cookies for just a single Web site if the user does not wish to lower the Internet Explorer privacy setting. This works as long as the browser's setting on the Privacy tab is not "Block All Cookies."


Open your browser (IE) and select the TOOLS pull-down menu.

Select INTERNET OPTIONS from the bottom of the box.

Click on the PRIVACY tab.

Click on the "Edit..." button.

Enter the Web site address.

Click on the "Allow" button.

Verify the site shows up in the list of Managed Web sites below and is set to Always Allow.

Press OK to return to the options window.

Press OK to return to the browser.


Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.

Open the "Privacy and Security" menu on the left hand side of the box .

On the right hand side of the box select "Enable all cookies".

Click "OK".

NETSCAPE 7.X or Mozilla 1

Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.

Click the "Privacy and Security" category; expand the list to show the subcategories.

Click "Cookies".

Select "Enable all cookies".

Click "OK".

AOL 9.0

Click on the AOL "Settings" icon near the top of your AOL window.

In the "Essentials" section, click on the "Internet [Web] Options".

Click on the "Privacy" tab.

Click on the "Advanced" button.

Ensure that the "Override automatic cookie handling" is checked.

First and third party cookies should be set to "Accept".

Check "Always allow session cookies".

Click on "OK".

Click "Apply" and then "OK".

Exit AOL and restart your computer (This step is important. Do not skip).

AOL 8.0

From the AOL toolbar, select "Settings".

Select "Preferences".

Select "Internet Properties (WWW)".

Select the "Privacy" tab.

Select "Advanced".

DESELECT "override automatic cookie handling" button.

Click "OK" to exit.

SAFARI BROWSER 1.2.4 (v125.11)

Click on SAFARI from the status menu.


Click on the SECURITY tab at the top.

On this screen, ACCEPT COOKIES should be set to either ALWAYS or ONLY FROM sites you navigate to.

Once one of these selections have been made, select OK and then close the Preference window.

4. Will I receive unsolicited e-mail if I accept your cookies?
No. Acceptance of cookies on our Web site does not result in your receiving any additional e-mail from us or from our advertisers. When you registered, you were offered the option to receive promotional e-mail from us or from our advertisers. To check or update this choice, please review your personal information by clicking on the Register link in the left column, then selecting Modify My Account in the box on the right side of the registration page.  

5. What information will you be tracking along with my cookie?
Like many other web publishers, we track the activities of visitors to our site. This activity is tracked for many reasons - such as monitoring ease of use of a site and tracking the popularity of particular sections. We also use this information to determine which pages are more valuable to you and to our advertisers. Your account information combined with your activity on our site will provide additional information that allows us to create a more interesting and enjoyable site. This will also allow us to continue to make the site an attractive advertising medium for our advertisers.