Information About Cookies
Cookies facilitate certain features that can make the surfing experience more convenient
and valuable for Web users.
A "cookie" is a small piece of information which a web server can store on your
web browser. This is useful for having your browser remember some specific information
which the web server can later retrieve. As you browse the web, some cookies are
"set" on your Web browser. When you quit your browser, some cookies are stored
in your computer's memory in a cookie file, while some expire, or disappear. All cookies
have expiration dates. The cookie is set on a particular browser on a particular computer,
so when you use a different computer, the cookie will not exist.
Cookies are used, for example, when a browser stores your password to a particular site so
that you do not have to input it every time you visit. Cookies are also used to store
preferences you express for information that is then aggregated and presented to you.
Instances where cookies are most commonly used include:
Cookies enable users to keep browsing and adding to their "shopping cart". They
can even end a browser session, come back, and still have the same items in their cart
from the last session, if they choose to.
If you decide to register for an informational site, such as a newspaper, periodical or an
interest group site, or even a chat group or on-line community, so that you can use it on
a regular basis, you will likely be asked to supply some information about yourself. Often
cookies are used so that you do not have to identify yourself every time you re-enter the
Cookies allow users to indicate what types of information they are interested in receiving
when they visit a particular site. Users can then view only what they are interested in
and not waste time with news or information of no interest to them
Web Site Tracking
Tracking allows Orbit Communications to find out what pages visitors link to, and
interpret or infer what is interesting to them. This helps us keep our content fresh and
Cookies can be used to build a profile of where on a particular site you visit. This
information is then used to target advertising that might be of interest to you. Orbit
so that you do not see the same ones again.
Cookies cannot be used to obtain data from your hard drive, get your e-mail address or
steal sensitive or personal information about you. The only way that any private
information could be part of your cookie file would be if you personally gave that
information to a Web server. Also, each cookie can only be read by the server that set it,
so strange servers cannot view or steal the information in a cookie that you have
If you, as a visitor, want to disallow cookies you can do so on your Web browser.