A cookie is a tiny piece of text information that is placed on your computer when you visit a cookie-enabled web site.
Cookies are also used to help us understand which areas of CANOE users prefer, how often they come back, and how long they remain on CANOE. Using cookies allows CANOE to ensure users are not alwasy seeing the same ads. As well, cookies are an important tool in helping us regulate user services like polls, newsgroups and contests.
A CANOE advertiser may be given summaries of collective user patterns. For example, an advertiser might be told that his ad was viewed by 6,000 users on a particular day and 100 clicked on the ad. But an advertiser is never given information about individual users or their browsing habits. Using cookies will not result in you receiving unsolicited email from CANOE or its advertisers.
Cookies can be enabled or disabled by users. In Netscape 4.0 go to the Options/Advanced area, or in Internet Explorer 4.0 in the Internet Options menu. Disabling cookies, however, may limit access to certain areas of CANOE.
Many users choose to enable cookies but shut off the prompt that tells them when a cookie is being activated on their browser. In other words, the cookies work in the background without any disruption in service.
In Netscape version 3, you can do this by modifying "Options/Network Preferences/Protocols". In Netscape version 4, go to "Edit/Preferences/Advanced" and a) check the box that reads "Accept All Cookies"; b) make sure the box that says "Warn Me Before Accepting a Cookie" is blank. In Internet Explorer version 3 or 4, shut off the warnings by going to "View/(Internet) Options/Advanced" and making sure the box next to "Warn before accepting 'cookies'" is blank.
Users can access their own cookie file on their hard disk and read what kind of information is being stored in it, and by which sites. The file can than be deleted.