Cookies: What is a cookie?
In general, a cookie is a small file created in your computer by an Internet site to store information, such as your preferences when visiting that site. For example, a cookie might contain a record of the pages you looked at within the site you visited, to help the site customise the view for you the next time you visit. Cookies can also store personally identifiable information that can be used to identify or contact you, such as your name, e-mail address, home or work address, or telephone number. However, a website only has access to the personally identifiable information that you provide - for example,
cannot determine your e-mail address unless you provide it. Also, a website cannot use a cookie to gain access to other information on your computer. Once a cookie is saved on your computer, only the website that created the cookie can read it.
There are several types of cookies:
is one stored as a file on your computer, and which remains there when you close your browser (MS Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that site again.
temporary or session cookie
is stored only for your current browsing session, and is deleted from your computer when you close your browser.
either originates on, or is sent to, the Web site you are currently viewing. These cookies are commonly used to store information, such as your preferences when visiting that site.
are cookies that might allow access to personally identifiable information that could be used for a secondary purpose without your consent.
Most Internet browsers allow you to choose whether to allow some, none, or all cookies to be saved on your computer. Please check the "Help" facility provided within your browser to understand your available options and how to manage these. If you do not allow cookies at all, you may not be able to view some websites or to take advantage of certain customization features.