What are cookies?

Simply put; a cookie is a mechanism that allows a web site to record your comings and goings, usually without your knowledge or consent.  Within web sites such as this one cookies are used to store 'personal' information such as your logon name, your time zone and what threads you have and have not read.

Cookies can only be read by the web site that set them.  A cookie set by pepsi.com cannot be read by coke.com (not withstanding browser bugs).

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.

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How to allow cookies

Explorer 6.x

  • Select Tools then Internet Options....
  • Change to the Privacy tab.
  • Click Advanced...
  • If Override is selected and Prompt or Block is selected for First-party cookies;
    • Press Cancel then Sites...
    • Type in rpol.net and then Press Allow
    • Press OK and then OK

Explorer 5.x

  • Select Tools then Internet Options....
  • Change to the Security tab.
  • Click Custom Level...
  • Scroll down to the Cookies section.
  • If Override is selected and Prompt or Block is selected for First-party cookies;
    • Press Cancel then Sites...
    • Type in rpol.net and then Press Allow
    • Press OK and then OK

Explorer 4.x

  • Select View then Internet Options....
  • Change to the Security tab.
  • Select Custom and Click Settings...
  • Scroll down to the Security section.
  • To enable: Select Always accept cookies
  • Click OK

Netscape 7.1/Mozilla 1.7

  • Select Edit then Preferences....
  • Select Cookies
  • Select Enable cookies based on Privacy Settings and then View
  • Select Medium
  • Click OK and then OK

Communicator 4.x

  • Select Edit then Preferences....
  • Select Advanced
  • To enable:
    Select Accept all cookies or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server
  • To get a prompt:
    Check Warn me before accepting a cookie and Select Accept all cookies
     or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server
  • Click OK

Navigator 3.x
 Navigator 3.x does not have an option to completely disable accepting cookies,
 however prompting may be turned on. Either accept the cookies or to turn this off;

  • Select Options then Network Preferences....
  • Change to the Protocols tab.
  • Under Show an Alert Before uncheck Accepting a Cookie
  • Click OK

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