About Cookies
A "cookie" is a small piece of information which a web server can store temporarily on your computer. This is useful for having your web browser remember some specific information which the web site can later retrieve, enabling more seamless access to many site features.

A cookie is not a secret way of finding or storing information about you. The only way that private information about you can be stored in a cookie is if you input it yourself. And it can only be accessed by the site that set it. Also, viruses cannot be spread via cookies. Most Internet sites use cookies and we recommend that you leave them enabled in your browser.

For more information about cookies and how to set them in the most popular browsers, see these sites:

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Netscape Navigator

About Web Beacons
A Web beacon is simply a small 1 pixel x 1 pixel graphic image. It is unobtrusive but it can be used to log how many times a web page or HTML newsletter is read.

About IP Addresses
An IP Address is a unique number assigned to every individual device on a TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) network such as the World Wide Web. Since these numbers are usually assigned in country-based blocks, an IP address can often be used to identify the country from which a computer is connecting to the Internet. An example of an IP address is