A cookie is a text file stored on your computer’s hard drive. Web sites create cookies to record information about your preferences, such as the items you add to your shopping cart, and for security reasons. Most cookies expire after a certain time period. The most popular browsers can be set to give you the option of accepting or rejecting all cookies. If you wish, you may set your browser to reject all cookies and still shop on the site.
Credit Card Security
The Internet is a vast network of computers. Because the data passes from computer to computer, some Internet shoppers worry that unauthorized persons may intercept the data and gain access to credit card numbers, but shopping on a secure site is actually safer than handing a credit card to a waiter in a restaurant. Taking the steps below will lower the chances of interception of your credit card number: Limit your online shopping to Internet merchants, such as the First Nations Research Foundation (mushum.com), with sites equipped with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. SSL prevents unauthorized people from intercepting your data. Use a browser that supports SSL. These browsers show a symbol in the status bar, such as a key or lock, when you are on a site that uses SSL (https). Most banks will cover the cost of fraud resulting from unauthorized use of your credit card or may limit your liability.