Cookie Information What do Cookies Do? A cookie is the term given to describe a type of message that is given to a Web browser by a Web server.  The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages or to save site login information for you.  When you enter a Web site using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing personal information; like your name, e-mail address, and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser, which then stores the information for later use. The next time you go to the same Web site, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The message is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.   Types of Cookies   session cookie Also called a transient cookie, a cookie that is erased when you close the Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer. They typically will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.   persistent cookie Also called a permanent cookie, or a stored cookie, a cookie that is stored on your hard drive until it expires (persistent cookies are set with expiration dates) or until you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific Web site.   What Information Does a Cookie Store? For the most part a cookie will contain a string of text that contains information about the browser. To work, a cookie does not need to know where you are from, it only needs to remember your browser. Some Web sites do use cookies to store more personal information about you. However, this can be done only if you yourself have provided the Web site with that personal information. Legitimate Web sites will encrypt this personal information stored in the cookie to prevent unauthorized usage by another party with access to your cookie folder.   Cookies have six parameters that can be passed to them: The name of the cookie -  The value of the cookie -  The expiration date of the cookie - this determines how long the cookie will remain active in your browser. The path the cookie is valid for - this sets the URL path the cookie us valid in. Web pages outside of that path cannot use the cookie. The domain the cookie is valid for. This makes the cookie accessible to pages on any of the servers when a site uses multiple servers in a domain.  The need for a secure connection - this indicates that the cookie can only be used under a secure server condition, such as a site using SSL.
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Cookie Information What do Cookies Do? A   cookie   is   the   term   given   to   describe   a   type   of   message   that   is   given   to   a   Web   browser   by   a   Web server.      The   main   purpose   of   a   cookie   is   to   identify   users   and   possibly   prepare   customized   Web pages   or   to   save   site   login   information   for   you.      When   you   enter   a   Web   site   using   cookies,   you may   be   asked   to   fill   out   a   form   providing   personal   information;   like   your   name,   e-mail   address,   and interests.   This   information   is   packaged   into   a   cookie   and   sent   to   your   Web   browser,   which   then stores   the   information   for   later   use.   The   next   time   you   go   to   the   same   Web   site,   your   browser   will send   the   cookie   to   the   Web   server.   The   message   is   sent   back   to   the   server   each   time   the   browser   requests   a   page   from   the server.   Types of Cookies   session cookie Also   called   a   transient   cookie,   a   cookie   that   is   erased   when   you   close   the   Web   browser.   The   session   cookie   is   stored   in temporary   memory   and   is   not   retained   after   the   browser   is   closed.   Session   cookies   do   not   collect   information   from   your computer. They typically will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.   persistent cookie Also   called   a   permanent   cookie,   or   a   stored   cookie,   a   cookie   that   is   stored   on   your   hard   drive   until   it   expires   (persistent   cookies are   set   with   expiration   dates)   or   until   you   delete   the   cookie.   Persistent   cookies   are   used   to   collect   identifying   information   about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific Web site.   What Information Does a Cookie Store? For   the   most   part   a   cookie   will   contain   a   string   of   text   that   contains   information   about   the   browser.   To   work,   a   cookie   does   not need   to   know   where   you   are   from,   it   only   needs   to   remember   your   browser.   Some   Web   sites   do   use   cookies   to   store   more personal   information   about   you.   However,   this   can   be   done   only   if   you   yourself   have   provided   the   Web   site   with   that   personal information.   Legitimate   Web   sites   will   encrypt   this   personal   information   stored   in   the   cookie   to   prevent   unauthorized   usage   by another party with access to your cookie folder.   Cookies have six parameters that can be passed to them: The   name   of   the   cookie   -     The   value   of   the   cookie   -     The   expiration   date   of   the   cookie   -   this   determines   how   long   the   cookie   will remain   active   in   your   browser.   The   path   the   cookie   is   valid   for   -   this   sets   the   URL   path   the   cookie   us   valid   in.   Web   pages outside   of   that   path   cannot   use   the   cookie.   The   domain   the   cookie   is   valid   for.   This   makes   the   cookie   accessible   to   pages   on any   of   the   servers   when   a   site   uses   multiple   servers   in   a   domain.      The   need   for   a   secure   connection   -   this   indicates   that   the cookie can only be used under a secure server condition, such as a site using SSL.
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Cookie Information What do Cookies Do? A   cookie   is   the   term   given   to   describe   a   type   of   message   that   is   given   to   a   Web   browser   by   a Web    server.        The    main    purpose    of    a    cookie    is    to    identify    users    and    possibly    prepare customized   Web   pages   or   to   save   site   login   information   for   you.      When   you   enter   a   Web   site using   cookies,   you   may   be   asked   to   fill   out   a   form   providing   personal   information;   like   your name,   e-mail   address,   and   interests.   This   information   is   packaged   into   a   cookie   and   sent   to your   Web   browser,   which   then   stores   the   information   for   later   use. The   next   time   you   go   to   the same   Web   site,   your   browser   will   send   the   cookie   to   the   Web   server.   The   message   is   sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.   Types of Cookies   session cookie Also   called   a   transient   cookie,   a   cookie   that   is   erased   when   you   close   the   Web   browser.   The session   cookie   is   stored   in   temporary   memory   and   is   not   retained   after   the   browser   is   closed. Session    cookies    do    not    collect    information    from    your    computer.    They    typically    will    store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.   persistent cookie Also   called   a   permanent   cookie,   or   a   stored   cookie,   a   cookie   that   is   stored   on   your   hard   drive until   it   expires   (persistent   cookies   are   set   with   expiration   dates)   or   until   you   delete   the   cookie. Persistent   cookies   are   used   to   collect   identifying   information   about   the   user,   such   as   Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific Web site.   What Information Does a Cookie Store? For   the   most   part   a   cookie   will   contain   a   string   of   text   that   contains   information   about   the browser.   To   work,   a   cookie   does   not   need   to   know   where   you   are   from,   it   only   needs   to remember   your   browser.   Some   Web   sites   do   use   cookies   to   store   more   personal   information about   you.   However,   this   can   be   done   only   if   you   yourself   have   provided   the   Web   site   with   that personal   information.   Legitimate   Web   sites   will   encrypt   this   personal   information   stored   in   the cookie to prevent unauthorized usage by another party with access to your cookie folder.   Cookies have six parameters that can be passed to them: The   name   of   the   cookie   -      The   value   of   the   cookie   -      The   expiration   date   of   the   cookie   -   this determines   how   long   the   cookie   will   remain   active   in   your   browser. The   path   the   cookie   is   valid for   -   this   sets   the   URL   path   the   cookie   us   valid   in.   Web   pages   outside   of   that   path   cannot   use the   cookie.   The   domain   the   cookie   is   valid   for.   This   makes   the   cookie   accessible   to   pages   on any   of   the   servers   when   a   site   uses   multiple   servers   in   a   domain.      The   need   for   a   secure connection   -   this   indicates   that   the   cookie   can   only   be   used   under   a   secure   server   condition, such as a site using SSL.