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Why do I need to have my browser set to accept cookies?
Fanciersplus uses cookies, small text files placed on your hard drive by a web page server to identify you as a user of fanciersplus and to ensure that "only you" can access your account. It "does not" store any personal information about you that could be accessed by other web sites. If you check the "remember me" option at log in, the service will use a cookie to remember you the next time you log in. This saves you from having to re-log in each time you visit.

What Cookies Are
A cookie is a small piece of information, often no more than a short session identifier, that the HTTP server sends to the browser when the browser connects for the first time. Thereafter, the browser returns a copy of the cookie to the server each time it connects. Typically the server uses the cookie to remember the user and to maintain the illusion of a "session" that spans multiple pages. Because cookies are not part of the standard HTTP specification, only some browsers support them: currently Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and higher, and Netscape Navigator 2.0 and higher. The server and/or its CGI scripts must also know about cookies in order to take advantage of them.

Cookies cannot be used to "steal" information about you or your computer system. They can only be used to store information that you have provided at some point. To give a benign example, if you fill out a form giving your favorite color, a server can turn this information into a cookie and send it to your browser. The next time you contact the site, your browser will return the cookie, allowing the server to alter background color of its pages to suit your preferences.

In addition to the privacy issues, cookies carry security implications as well. Many sites use cookies to implement access control schemes of various sorts. For example, a subscription site that requires a user name and password might pass a cookie back to your browser the first time you log in. Thereafter, the site will give you access to restricted pages if your browser can produce a valid cookie, basically using the cookie as an admission ticket. This can have several advantages for the site, not the least of which is that it can avoid the overhead of looking up your user name and password in a database each and every time you access a page.

To set your browser to cookies enabled see below:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x
Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
Click on the "Privacy" tab.
Click "Advanced" button.
Check the "Override automatic cookie handling" box.
Set "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" to "Enable".
Set Accept First and Third party cookies.
Click "OK" Twice.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x
Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
Click on the "Security" tab.
Click "Custom Level" button.
Scroll down to the "Cookies" section.
To enable:
Set "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" to "Enable".
Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Enable".
Click "OK".

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x
Select "Internet Options" from the View menu.
Click on the "Advanced" tab.
Scroll down to find "Cookies" within the "Security" section.
To enable:
Select "Always accept cookies".
Click "OK".

Netscape Communicator 4.x
Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
Find the "Cookies" section in the "Advanced" category.
To enable:
Select "Accept all cookies" (or "Enable all cookies").
Click "OK".

AOL (v4.0) For Windows:
Type keyword Preferences
Click Internet Properties
Click Security Tab
Click Custom Level
Scroll Down to Cookies
Allow cookies that are stored on your computer should be checked as enabled. If it is not, please check it.
Allow per-session cookies (not stored) should be checked as enabled. If it is not, please check it.
Click OK to Exit

AOL (v4.0) for Mac:
Click Members or My AOL
Click Preferences
Click WWW or web
Click Advanced tab and scroll down until you see the word Cookies.
Enabled should be checked. Click OK to exit.