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What are Cookies?
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Why does this web page tell me that cookies are not enabled?
You probably have your security settings set too high. (Alternatively, your browser could be a very old version or a non-Windows version that does not support cookies). Cookies can give rise to issues of privacy because, although they cannot 'steal' information from your computer, they can be used to track your browsing history. If you want to know more, read the Wikipedia entry on cookies (in particular tracking cookies and cookie theft).
Should I enable cookies?
This is obviously your decision, but without them you will not be able to properly use the pages on this site. If you do enable cookies and you run into problems it would be unrealistic to expect the responsibility for your woes to rest with anyone other than yourself. It is clearly your responsibility to ensure that you maintain a safe software environment on your computer.
How do I enable cookies?
To enable Cookies you will need to search your browser's Options or Preferences menu. In Firefox this is straightforward but in Internet Explorer the Cookies 'switch' can be difficult to find. For Internet Explorer: From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and click the Privacy tab, then read the information and choose your setting. Any setting apart from Block All Cookies (or similar) should work. You may be able to restrict cookies to specific web sites, if you want to maintain a high degree of privacy.
Why have I never seen this warning before?
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