A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them. When you enter a Web site using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing such information as your name and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same Web site, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The server can use this information to present you with custom Web pages. So, for example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome page you might see a welcome page with your name on it.
The name cookie derives from UNIX objects called magic cookies. These are tokens that are attached to a user or program and change depending on the areas entered by the user or program.
A cookie is information which may be placed in a file on your computer by our website to improve your internet experience. We do not set cookies without your knowledge, and we do not set cookies including personal information. Any cookie we set can only be accessed within our domain. We do not allow sharing of cookies anywhere other than this domain.
This website often uses Hypertext Preprocessor pages (PHP) to deliver website content. PHP comes with a built-in object which appears as a cookie. This cookie maintains the connection with the user's browser. This object is called the Session object and is maintained only for the duration of a your visit to our Web site, or if the connection is idle for 30 minutes.