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Mon, Apr. 28 2008
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   Cookie Settings for Web Browsers

Question 

What are cookies and how should a web browser be set to best handle them?

Answer 

Introductory Information

Cookies are simple text files stored on your hard drive.  These text files are a necessity when dealing with authentication, access to library materials, and access to online studies. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet web sites. Empire State College uses persistent and/or session cookies to enhance or customize your visit to college web sites.

Persistent and session cookies are created automatically while visiting the college's web sites.  A persistent cookie remains on your computer until you decide to delete it.  You can adjust your browser settings to ensure that session cookies are deleted.  These cookies do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security.  We use persistent cookies on some parts of our web site to gather non-personal statistical data when you visit our web site.

Refusing or deleting cookies will limit your ability to take advantage of some features of many web sites.

Instructions for accepting cookies:

Mac OS X:

  • Chrome:
    1. Click the Wrench icon on the browser tool bar in the upper right hand corner.
    2. Select Tools.
    3. Select Settings.
    4. Click Show Advanced Settings
    5. Under Privacy, click Content Settings...
    6. In Content Settings dialog box under the cookies section, select the Allow local data to be set radio button
    7. Click OK
    8. Close the Settings window.


    To delete cookies:

    1. Click the wrench icon on the browser tool bar in the upper right hand corner.
    2. Select Tools.
    3. Select Clear Browsing Data
    4. In the dialog box that appears, select from the drop down menu Obliterate the following item from the beginning of time and check then 
      • Enable Delete Cookies and other site and plug-in data checkbox
    5. Click Clear Browsing Data 
    6. Close Settings window. 
       
  • Firefox 3.x - 14.x:
    1. Click Firefox menu.
    2. Click Preferences.
    3. Click Privacy icon.
    4. Locate the History area on panel.
    5. From the drop-down menu (Firefox will:)  select  Use custom settings for history
    6. Enable Accept cookies from sites checkbox.
    7. Enable Accept third party cookies checkbox.
    8. Select Keep until they expire drop down menu option.
       

    To delete cookies:

    1. Click Tools menu
    2. Click Clear Recent History
    3. In the Clear All History window, select Everything dropdown menu option
    4. Expand the Details arrow button, 
    5. Enable the Cookies checkbox
    6. Click the Clear Now button
    • Safari:
    1. Click Safari from the top menu
    2. Click Preferences
    3. From the new window, select the Privacy icon
    4. From the Block Cookies section, click the Never radio button.
    5. Close the Privacy window.

    To delete cookies and other web site data:

    1. click  Remove All Website Data
    2. click Remove Now

    For Windows:

    • Chrome:
    1. Click the Wrench icon on the browser tool bar in the upper right hand corner.
    2. Select Tools.
    3. Select Settings.
    4. Click Show Advanced Settings
    5. Under Privacy, click Content Settings...
    6. In Content Settings dialog box under the cookies section, select the Allow local data to be set radio button
    7. Click OK
    8. Close the Settings window 

     

    To delete cookies:

    1. Click the wrench icon on the browser tool bar in the upper right hand corner.
    2. Select Tools.
    3. Select Clear Browsing Data
    4. In the dialog box that appears, select from the drop down menu Obliterate the following item from the beginning of time and check then: 
      • Enable Delete Cookies and other site and plug-in data checkbox
    5. Click Clear Browsing Data 
    6. Close Settings window.
    • Firefox  3.x - 14.X
      1. Click Tools menu.
      2. Click Options.
      3. Click Privacy icon.
      4. Locate the History area on panel.
      5. From the drop-down menu (Firefox will:)  select  Use custom settings for history
      6. Enable Accept cookies from sites checkbox and 
      7. Enable Accept third-part cookies checkbox
      8. Select Keep until they expire drop down option.
      9. Click OK.

       

      To delete cookies:

      1. Click Tools menu
      2. Click Clear Recent History
      3. In the Clear All History window, select Everything dropdown menu option
      4. Expand the Details arrow button, 
      5. Enable the Cookies checkbox
      6. Click the Clear Now button

       

    • Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9 :
      1. Click Tools menu.
        • Press Alt-T if you don't see a menu.
      2. Click Internet Options.
      3. Click Privacy tab.
      4. Slide bar to Medium
        • If you continue to have problems with cookies, click Advanced
        • Check Override automatic cookie handling checkbox
        • Click Accept under First-party Cookies
        • Click Accept under Third-party Cookies
        • Check Always allow session cookies checkbox
        • Click OK
      5. Click OK

     

    To delete cookies:

    1. Click Tools menu.

      • Press Alt-T if you don't see a menu.
    2. Click Internet Options.
    3. Click Delete under Browsing History
    4. Enable Cookies checkbox on the Delete Browsing History window
    5. Click OK 

     

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