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What is a cookie?

A "cookie" is a small piece of information which a webserver can store temporarily with your web browser. This is useful for having your browser remember some specific information which the webserver can later retrieve.

As you browse the web, any cookies which servers might send to your web browser are stored in your computer's memory. When you quit out of the browser, the cookies that haven't expired are written to a cookie file so they can be reloaded next time you connect to the Internet.

In our usage of cookies, the cookie is automatically removed from the computer's memory when the user exits from the browser session; it is never written to disk for later use.

You can further customize how the browser treats cookies, as well as enable and disable them, in the "Preferences" menu in Netscape or the "Options" menu of Internet Explorer. Make sure that your browser accepts cookies originating from the same server as the page being viewed.

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