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A Cookie is a small bit of information that a Web server (i.e. like the Site you are using) temporarily stores with your Web browser on your system. If you return to a site that has set a cookie with your browser, the Web server might be able to recognize your identity and can return specific types of information to you.

Most cookies are used to make your browsing experience better. Some of their applications include storing user IDs and names, recalling shopping cart items, and for personalizing start pages. Web Cookies are not like this! On the whole, websites generally use cookies to improve your experience with the site.

A cookie file cannot find out everything about you or what is stored on your hard drive. The only way a cookie file can get private information is if you personally give the information to the Website. Cookies can not transmit viruses either. Altogether, they are both harmless and helpful.

A RidgeStar Website may send a Cookie to a Client system when you access one of the RidgeStar hosted Sites. The RidgeStar Website(s) may also include data in a cookie to record the information entered into a form or other site related information.

We believe cookies are generally harmless and that they can be beneficial for end users, as well as site builders. The World Wide Web Consortium provides additional information about Cookies under the FAQ topic Do "Cookies" Pose any Security Risks?->.