Browser Settings - Accept Cookies (instructions for Internet Explorer, Firefox, & Safari)
Internet "cookies" must be enabled in order to keep track of users as they move from page to page within a web application. Otherwise, the web system would not be able to know which pages to send to you after you leave the log-in page. Cookies are small text files that get saved on your hard drive that contain variables. These are commonly used on many sites, especially those where you have to log in. Only the site that placed the cookie on your machine can read it again, so the web site you are logged into cannot tell what other sites you've been visiting and other sites can't tell that you've been using that site. All cookies set by the web application are automatically deleted when you shut down your browser and you cannot get a virus through cookies.
Follow your browser's steps below to enable cookies:
- Select "Tools>Internet Options..." From the top menu.
- Change to the "Privacy" tab
- Click "Advanced..."
- Check "Override automatic cookie handling"
- To enable: Select "Accept" for "First-party Cookies" and "Third-party Cookies" Check "Always allow session cookies"
- Click "OK"
By default Firefox accepts all cookies, including cookies which would allow a site to recognize you effectively forever.
- Select Tools > Options.
- Click the Privacy panel
- Under History, change the option to "Use custom settings for history"
- Check the Accept cookies from sites and change Keep until to "they expire"
- Click Ok
- Click the Safari Menu and select "Preferences"
- Click on the Privacy icon.
- Locate the Accept Cookies section. The Safari browser is defaulted to the cookie setting only from sites you navigate to.
Click on Always and close this window