What Is A Cookie

Answer: 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 this cookie is to identify you as a user and prepare your customized Web pages for you. When you enter the registration page of our Web site, you will be asked to fill out a form providing such information as your name and schools. 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 view school closings, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The server can use this information to present you with your own information, without the hassle of typing in a user name and password. 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. Cookies are also sometimes called persistent cookies because they typically stay in the browser for long periods of time. Please note that a browser will not give up it's cookie data to any server except the one that set it. If your browser went around spewing all it's cookies to every site you hit this would be a security risk and would make cookies worthless. That means that your cookie will only be seen by the server that provides you with Stormcenter Update information. Cookies CANNOT be used to get a person's e-mail address. They can save the e-mail address after a browser types it into a form (ours doesn't even do that), but they can't GET anything. A cookie is just a holder. If you choose not to accept the cookie, you will simply need to enter your login name and password each time you wish to receive Stormcenter information.

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