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Cookies

Posted by Charles on 08-17-2004 @ 05:13 AM in • Help

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Some Web sites store information in a small text file that they save on your computer. This file is called a cookie.

What types of cookies are there?
A first-party cookie is originated by the website that you are viewing, while a third-party cookie is originated by a different site - perhaps another site linked to the site you are viewing - or maybe a site relative to a pop-up advertisement that displays on your computer.

What purpose do cookies serve?
A first-party cookie allows you to edit customization features of the website (your local weather for instance) or specify your preferences for viewing the site. A third-party cookie usually provides some type of content (usually an advertisement) on the website that you are viewing.

The problem with cookies
Some 3rd party cookies track your internet activities, and then use this information for targeted advertising and/or marketing purposes. Some of them ask you to provide personal information that they then use for some other purpose - usually without your consent.

Can you turn off 3rd party cookies?
YES. However; be aware that some sites require cookies, and changes to your cookie settings may prevent you from viewing different parts of a site - and in some cases, the entire site. Your cookie settings are stored in the privacy settings of your browser.

How to change your privacy settings in Windows XP
(NOTE: These instructions apply to Windows XP and Internet Explorer. If you are using a different browser or operating system, the instructions to change your settings will vary - refer to online help for more information about cookies).


In Internet Explorer, choose TOOLS - INTERNET OPTIONS.
On the PRIVACY tab, move the slider up for a higher level of privacy or down for a lower level of privacy (you will see that the information about the level you’ve selected changes as you move the slider up and down)

To remove cookies that were previously downloaded to your computer

In Internet Explorer, choose TOOLS - INTERNET OPTIONS.
On the GENERAL tab, click the DELETE COOKIES button

What if you remove a cookie that is needed?
If you delete all cookies, you might need to re-enter this information the next time you visit the site - and the site will download a new cookie to your computer.
Does Big Blue Water use cookies?
NO. We do not.

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