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How to allow your Web Browser to Store Cookies on your Computer

A cookie is a small packet of data stored by a web site or application that allows it to remember a specific user or track certain information about that user.  When a website asks if you want it to remember your password, it uses a cookie to save that information.  Most web browsers allow cookies to be stored by default, but if your web browser is not allowing cookies, follow the steps below for your specific browser to enable cookies.

– Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 8.0)

The cookies setting in Internet Explorer 8 is located in the Privacy section of the options.  To get there, click on Tools on the menu bar toward the top of the screen, then from the drop down menu, select Internet Options.  In the window that appears, click on the Privacy tab.

The sliding bar in the upper left area of the window determines whether cookies can be saved on your computer, and if so, how strict the privacy rules are.  You can set the slider anywhere you want, from all the way at the top (Block All Cookies) to all the way at the bottom (Accept All Cookies).  If you’re not sure, the Medium setting is a good middle ground.  Once you’ve made your choice, select OK or Apply to save the change.

– Google Chrome (version 24.0)

To enable cookies in the current version of Chrome (version 24.0), open a browser window if one isn’t open already and select the Menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.  (It looks like the menu or settings icon on an Android phone – three horizontal lines on top of each other.)  A drop down menu will appear; select “Settings.”  When the Settings page loads, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Show advanced settings.”  Click on the “Content settings” box, under the Privacy heading, and then select “Allow local data to be set.”  Click the OK button in the lower right corner of the window.

– Google Chrome (version 11.0)

Enabling cookies in an older version of Chrome, such as 11.0, is similar to doing it in the newer versions but some of the wording is different.  Open the browser and click on the wrench icon in the upper right corner.  A menu will appear; select Options toward the bottom of the menu.  On the Options screen, select “Under the Bonnet” on the left side of the page.  Next, click on the “Content Settings” button (next to the Privacy heading).

The first setting will be Cookies.  Select the radial button next to “Allow local data to be set” to enable cookies.  You can choose one or both of the two optional settings as well if you want (“Ignore exceptions and block third-party cookies from being set” or “Clear cookies and other site data when I close my browser”).

– Apple Safari (version 5.1)

In Safari, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the window.  A drop down menu will appear; select Preferences.  When the Preferences window opens, select the Privacy tab.

Safari gives you three options for how to handle cookies: always block cookies, always allow cookies, or only block cookies from advertisers or third parties.  Select the radial button for the option you want to choose (next to “Block cookies”) and then close the Preferences window.

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