What are Cookies?
A Cookie is

A very small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web Page server. It is essentially your identification card, and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. It is uniquely yours and can only be read by the server that gave it to you.

A Cookie's Purpose is

To tell the server that you returned to that Web page.

How a Cookie Helps You

It saves you time.

If you personalize pages, or register for products or services, a cookie helps Howard remember who you are. Next time you return, we know to show you the information you requested. Of course, if you never register or leave personal information with Howard, then the server only knows that someone with your cookie has returned to the Site. You are in charge of deciding whether we know anything about you. But the more you tell us about yourself, the more we can help you find information or products you want.

How a Cookie Helps Howard

It allows us to be more efficient. We can learn what information is important to our visitors, and what isn't. We can discard Web pages you don't use, and focus our efforts on information you need.

How to See the Code in a Cookie

Just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.