What are Cookies and how do I enable them?

A cookie is a small amount of data that a website stores on your hard drive, such as your location, so that when you revisit the website you don’t have to re-enter that information. Cookies also allow you to pick up where you left off on the website, which is useful for such things as web-based message boards.

Enabling cookies differs by browser type. Here are instructions for some popular browsers:

Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher

  1. From the Tools dropdown, select Internet Options.
  2. Select the Privacy tab.
  3. Adjust the slider to block or allow various categories of cookies.
  4. Click OK to exit Internet Options.


From the Menu Bar, select Tools and then Options

Note: If you don’t have a Menu Bar, click the Firefox tab in the top left corner and click on Options.

  1. Select the Privacy tab.
  2. Set the Firefox will option to Use custom settings for history.
  3. Check Accept cookies from sites.
  4. Make selections for Accept third-party cookies and Keep until.
  5. Click OK to exit Options.

Google Chrome

  1. From the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Show Advanced Settings text link at bottom of page.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content Settings button.
  4. Select Allow local data to be set.
  5. Click Done to exit Content Settings.


  1. Click the Gear icon.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select the Privacy tab.
  4. Select Never or From third parties and advertisers.