Hurstville Seniors Computer Club
(A lesson from the Internet Class)
What connection is there between the Internet and the American pastry industry? COOKIES! Oh yes, you say.

But what are COOKIES on the Internet? . A COOKIE is usually a small FILE created by an INTERNET SITE to store information on your computer. Such as your preferences when accessing (visiting) that particular SITE. For instance: You want to find out how to get to Melbourne from Sydney, Country Link's WEB SITE might create a COOKIE that contains all the relevant information of your itinerary. Alternately it might only contain a record of the PAGES you looked at within the SITE you have visited. This is to help you to CUSTOMIZE the view for you the next time you visit, as well as faster access.

COOKIES can also store PERSONALLY INDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION. PERSONALLY INDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION is information that can be used to identify or contact you, i.e. your name, your e-mail address, home address, work address, as well as your telephone number. The WEB SITE however can only access the PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION that has been provided by you. Consequently a WEBSITE can not determine your e-mail name unless you provide it.

A WEB SITE is also unable to gain access to any other information on your computer. Once a COOKIE is saved on your computer, only the WEB SITE that CREATED the COOKIE can READ it. There are several types of COOKIES. You can choose whether to allow some, none, or all of them saved on your computer. If you do not allow COOKIES at all, you may not be able to view some WEB SITES or take advantage of customizing features, including: Weather forecasts, local NEWS, Stockexchange, etc.)

We'll discuss the different types of COOKIES next time.

........................ The Surfer     

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