Information on Cookies

Contents:

  1. What are Cookies?
  2. Are they a Security Threat on my hard disk?
  3. How do I enable/disable Cookies?
    1. INTERNET EXPLORER 4.X
    2. INTERNET EXPLORER 5.X
    3. INTERNET EXPLORER 6.X
    4. NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR 3.X
    5. NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR/COMMUNICATOR 4.X
    6. NETSCAPE 6.X or MOZILLA
    7. OPERA 6.X
  4. Webpage still asks to turn on Cookies, though they are on!
  5. Where are they used in Undernet?
  6. Could i learn more about these Cookies?
  1. What are Cookies?
    These are small pieces of data stored on your hard disk by your browser. The main reasons for placing Cookies on your hard disk are to remember something about you when you visit that website again (records your preferences) and to keep track of your visits to that particular site. Thus, it helps Web Sites to serve users better and faster.
  2. Are they a Security Threat on my hard disk?
    No, not really. They do not retrieve any other information from your system, such as vulnerabilities, exploits, documents/software, etc nor does it access your system either. It is not executed as a code or deliver viruses. They are simply a data storage system.
  3. How do I enable/disable Cookies?
    There are different ways for different Web Browsers, and each version has a different and improved way of managing your cookies. Here's how to manage Cookies on the most common browsers:

    INTERNET EXPLORER 4.X
    • Select View followed by Internet Options from the main menu.
    • Change to the Security tab.
    • Select Custom and click Settings
    • Scroll down to the Security section.
    To enable: Select Always accept cookies
    To disable: Select Disable all cookie use
    To get a prompt: Select Prompt before accepting cookies
    - Click OK

    INTERNET EXPLORER 5.X
    • Select Tools followed by Internet Options from the main menu.
    • Change to the Security tab
    • Click Custom Level
    • Scroll down to the Cookies section.
    To enable: Set Allow cookie that are stored on your computer to Enable Set Allow per-session cookies to Enable
    To disable: Set Allow cookie that are stored on your computer to Disable Set Allow per-session cookies to Disable
    To get a prompt: Set Allow cookie that are stored on your computer to Prompt Set Allow per-session cookies to Prompt
    - Click OK

    INTERNET EXPLORER 6.X
    • Choose Tools, then Internet Options.
    • Click the Privacy tab.
    Default setting is Medium. Move the slider to determine which setting you prefer (enabling/disabling controlled here).
    You can also click on Advanced for specialized cookie treatment.
    - Click OK

    NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR 3.X
    • Select Options followed by Network Preferences from the main menu.
    • Change to the Protocols tab.
    Navigator 3.x does not have an option to completely disable accepting cookies.
    To get a prompt: Check Accepting a Cookie under Show an Alert Before
    - Click OK

    NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR/COMMUNICATOR 4.X
    • Select Edit followed by Preferences from the main menu.
    • Select Advanced
    To enable: Select Accept all cookies or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server
    To disable: Select Disable cookie
    To get a prompt: Check Warn me before accepting a cookie and select Accept all cookies or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server
    - Click OK

    NETSCAPE 6.X or MOZILLA
    • On the browser menu, go to Edit and select Preferences.
    • Click on the arrow next to Advanced in the left hand menu and click Cookies.
    Select Enable all cookies or Enable cookies for the originating website only.
    You could reject all cookies
    You could even set a Prompt to Warn before accepting a cookie
    - Click OK

    OPERA 6.X
    • On the browser menu, go to File and select Preferences.
    • Then click on Privacy in the left hand menu
    • Select Enable cookies.
    - Click OK
  4. Webpage still asks to turn on Cookies, though they are on!
    This could happen for a few reasons:
    1. You might be behind a firewall, and so cookies are not being transmitted.
    2. The site may be configured incorrectly to detect cookies.
    3. Your system may be running certain software which control the use of cookies.
    Correct these problems and Cookies will work properly.
  5. Where are they used in Undernet?
    Cookies are most commonly used on the CSERVICE Web Interface during Username and Channel Registrations. If cookies are NOT enabled, you would not be able to proceed with the Registration processes.
  6. Could I learn more about these Cookies?
    There are many sites out there that teach you more detailed information on Cookies. There is a good FAQ on Cookies, contributed by David Whelan for Cookie Central.