|Montreal Gazette 1999-04-10 "Web Q&A" by Mark Stachiew
A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a Web server to store on a Web browser so it can later be read back from that browser. This is how the server knows whether you have visited before. They are usually used to control the display the ads or personalized features.
Some people are paranoid that cookies are extracting all sorts of personal information from their machines, which isn't the case.
If your browser is currently configured to alert you whenever it detects a cookie, then you'll go crazy with all the alert boxes. The easiest way to get rid of these is to reconfigure your browser to accept cookies.
In Netscape, go the the toolbar Edit button, then pick Preferences, then Advanced and change the settings.
With Internet Explorer, click on the View button, then choose Internet Options, then the Advanced tab. under Security go to the "Cookies" options to make changes.
If you are determined to get rid of cookies and don't want to deal with annoying popup boxes all the time, then you''ll need some special software.