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    Examples of cookies

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    Servers also use cookies to provide personalized web pages. When you select preferences at a site that uses this option, the server places the information in a cookie. When you return, the server uses the information in the cookie to create a customized page for you.

    Security concerns

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    Webmasters have always been able to track access to their sites, but cookies make it easier to do so. In some cases, cookies come not from the site you're visiting, but from advertising companies that manage the banner ads for a set of sites (such as DoubleClick.com). These advertising companies can develop detailed profiles of the people who select ads across their customers' sites.

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    User Id

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    Pay or Non-Pay

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    We do not use cookies to track the pages you visit or the things you do on our site. Cookies are only used on our site for identification, not for tracking or advertising.

    How do I enable cookies on my Chrome browser?

    Cookies are enabled by default on your Chrome browser. If they have gotten turned off and you need to turn them on again or make custom changes you can do so through the control panel available when you click on the "wrench" icon at the upper right of the screen.

    • Select "settings" from the choices along the left edge
    • At the bottom of the page click on "Show advanced settings..."
    • "Privacy" will now appear as a section; under that section click the button that says "Content settings..."
    • "Cookies" is one of the things you can change under content settings. Choose "Allow local data to be set" so that cookies can be stored
    • For advanced users there options to manage exceptions

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    How do I enable cookies in my Internet Explorer?

    Internet Explorer 6.0

    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options...
    • Click the Privacy tab.
    • Click and slide the slider bar to one of six cookie acceptance settings. For example, slide the bar all the way to the top to block all cookies. You can also click Sites... to control cookies for individual sites.

    When finished, click OK to close any open options windows.

    Internet Explorer 5.x

    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options...
    • Choose the Security tab.
    • Select the web content zone you want and click the Custom Level... button. Scroll down the list to find the "Cookies" section.
    • To customize settings for persistent cookies, beneath "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer", select the desired option. To customize settings for session cookies, beneath "Allow per-session cookies (not stored)", select the desired option.
    • In the Security Settings window, click OK. You will now be back in the Internet Options window. Click OK.

    How do I delete cookies in my Internet Explorer?

    Internet Explorer 7

    • From the Tools menu, or the Tools drop-down at the upper right, select Internet Options.
    • Under "Browsing History", click Delete...
    • Under "Cookies", click Delete Cookies.

    Internet Explorer 6.0

    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options...
    • On the General tab, click Delete Cookies.
    • You will see a dialog box saying "Delete all the cookies in the Temporary Internet Files folder?". Click OK to delete them.
    • Click OK to close the Internet Options window.

    Internet Explorer 5.x

    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options...
    • In the section labeled "Temporary Internet Files", click Settings.
    • Click View Files.
    • From the View menu at the top of the window, select Details.
    • Click the Internet Address column header to arrange the list so that all the cookie files are together. The cookie files will have the word "cookie" in them.
    • Select the cookie files and delete them. For multiple files, you may highlight them all at once and then either drag them to the Recycle Bin, press the Del key, or right-click the files and select Delete.

    How to enable cookies with Firefox?

    • From the Tools menu, select Options.
    • At the top of the window that appears, click Privacy.
    • From the "History" section, choose the action you wish to take:

    Viewing Cookies

    • To view the cookies stored on your computer, first use the downdown to select custom settings for history. Then click Show Cookies. In the window that appears, you can view the cookies on your computer, search for cookies, and remove any or all of the listed cookies.

    Enable or Disable Cookies

    • To allow sites to set cookies on your computer select "Remember history". Or if you want to customize what history is remembered, select "Use custom settings for history and then select Accept cookies from sites. To specify which sites are always or never allowed to use cookies, click Exceptions.
    • In the drop-down menu next to "Keep until:", select the time period you wish to keep cookies on your computer.

    Deleting Cookies

    • To delete and remove all cookies stored on your computer, click Clear Now in the "Private Data" section.
    • Click OK until you return to the Firefox window.

    How do I enable cookies in my Opera browser?

    Opera Internet Browser

    To ensure that you have cookies enabled if you are using the Opera Internet Browser follow the steps mentioned below. The screenshots were taken while using Opera 9.64.

    • Click on the Tools Menu
    • Select Preferences
    • Click on the Advanced Tab in top right of window
    • Click on Cookies using the menu on the left
    • Click checkbox that is titled "Accept Cookies"
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