What are cookies?
Cookies, also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They help users navigate websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites or websites’ features.
Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server. Computer cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page. Website servers set cookies to help authenticate the user if the user logs in to a secure area of the website. Login information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over.
How to manage cookies
Different browsers offer differing ways to configure your browser's cookie settings. Please follow your browser’s instructions to allow or block all cookies, delete existing cookies, and set preferences for certain websites.
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