What are Cookies?
• Cookies are simple text files. They are needed to help navigate automatic logins, password authentication, shopping cart functions, personal preference settings and a variety of other functions. Cookies make these functions smooth and hassle-free for the user.
• Cookies don’t search your computer for information. Cookies register the information you provide through your browser. When you enter personal and/or financial information on a website, the cookies store your information, both for ease of use on your next visit, and for ad tracking.
• Information stored by cookies is usually encoded; it is protected from potential computer hackers by security features (which you, the website owner, have put into place.)
• Cookies are necessary and enhance your browsing experience. Without cookies, you would have to re-enter all of your information every time you revisited a site. A cookie will simply remember your information on the website to save you time.
• Cookies only store the information you provide. A cookie cannot “grab” your email address. A cookie can store your email address on the website—if you have typed in your email address; a cookie stores all information you voluntarily give when you visit a website.
• Cookies themselves contain very little information other than the URL of the website that created the cookie. Because there is so little information, a cookie can’t be used to identify you by name or other personal information.
• Cookies are harmless. They cannot introduce viruses to your computer.
• Cookies are not the same thing as Spyware. A cookie stores your website surfing information; Spyware stores your Internet surfing information (every site you visit).
Session cookies are automatically deleted after use, once all of your browser windows are closed down. Permanent cookies may be deleted and doing so will not affect your ability to use this website.