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Cookie Management on UWSTUDENT Lab Computers Frequently Asked Questions

A cookie is a text string that is included with requests and responses from
Web pages. Cookies are used to maintain information as you navigate different pages on a Web site or return to the Web site at a later time.

On UWSTUDENT lab computers, these cookies are stored in your personal profile and take up space. Your profile space is limited, so it may become necessary for you to remove your cookie files at some time to free up space.

What do cookies do?

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to save time when you return to a specific Web page. For example, if you personalize Web pages or register for products or services, a cookie helps the Web page server to recall your specific information. This may be useful to simplify the process of recording your personal information, such as billing address, shipping address, email address, etc. When you visit the same Web site again, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Web site features without having to re-enter your information.  

Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

Do I have to use cookies?

You have the ability to enable or disable cookies, or have Internet Explorer prompt you before accepting cookies. Be aware that disabling cookies may prevent some Web services from working correctly, and disabling cookies does not make you anonymous or prevent Web sites from tracking your browsing habits. Web requests still include information about where you came from, your IP address, browser version, operating system, and other information.  

To change how your account handles cookies, open Internet Explorer, select the Tools menu, click Internet Options, select the Privacy tab, click the Advanced button, select the Override automatic cookie handling check box, choose the custom options you prefer, and click OK.

Can I have too many cookies?

Yes. Cookies are stored in your profile, the files that keep track of all your individual user settings. If your UWSTUDENT profile is too big or has too many files in it, it can take longer for your account to logon to a computer or can take you over your profile quota, preventing you from logging off until you delete files from your profile. Your profile can also become corrupt, preventing you from logging on at all or resulting in the loss of some of your settings like Internet Explorer Favorites, your Desktop background, or files saved directly to your Desktop (which is never recommended on UWSTUDENT lab computers)

How can I delete my cookies?

Because of a problem with Internet Explorer, simply choosing Delete Cookies from the Internet Options menu may not always work. To correct this problem, the UWSTUDENT lab logon process checks for excessive numbers of cookies. If you have more than 500 cookies, you will receive a prompt asking you if you want to delete your cookies.  

Delete Cookies? window

In most cases, deletion of these files is recommended, unless you know of specific cookies that you need to keep. Once the files have been removed, you will receive a confirmation message that your cookies have been deleted.

You can also delete your cookies manually by clicking the Start menu button, and clicking My Computer. Open the C:\ drive, open the Documents and Settings folder, open the folder listed with your UWYO domain username, and then open the Cookies folder. You can select all cookies or specific ones for deletion. If you have questions or need help, see the Lab Assistant on duty for assistance.

Reviewed: 0706 By: CD, JO

Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
Faculty/Staff
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Email UserHelp@uwyo.edu
Contact your IT user consultant
(www.uwyo.edu/infotech/services/helpdesk/uc/)

Students
Email ASU-IT@uwyo.edu
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Come to the student computer lab in the lobby of the
Information Technology Center.

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