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A cookie is a small file that a Web site automatically saves on your Mac's hard drive. It contains information, such as your preferences or your date of birth, that the site will use on your future visits. In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Safari lets you choose whether to accept all cookies — the default — or to disable cookies altogether. You can also set Safari to accept cookies only from the sites you choose to visit. To change your Cookie Acceptance Plan, follow these steps:

Choose Safari→Preferences.

Choose Safari→Preferences.

The Preferences dialog box opens.

Click the Security toolbar button.

Click the Security toolbar button.

Safari displays the preference settings.

Choose a radio button to show how Safari should deal with cookies

Your choices are (1) Never blocks cookies entirely, (2) Always accepts all cookies, and (3) Only from Sites You Navigate To, which allows sites like Amazon.com to work correctly without allowing a barrage of illicit cookies.

(Optional) To view the cookies currently on your system, click the Show Cookies button.

If a site’s cookies are blocked, you might have to take care of things manually, such as by providing a password on the site that used to be read automatically from the cookie.

Click the Close button to save your changes.

Your cookie settings are updated.

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Levine is the president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and worked to bring the internet to underserved parts of the world as a trustee of The Internet Society.

Alison Barrows is the author or coauthor of several books about Access, Windows, and the Internet. Joseph Stockman is an 18-year software designer who has authored or coauthored five Access programming books. Allen Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of over 20 books.

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