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Keep and Bear Arms utilizes a complex Active Server Page/cookie system for logging into such areas as our Membership system, news posts and FREE email.  In order to visit some of the Keep and Bear Arms pages, you must have cookies "enabled" on your computer.  This area discusses what cookies are, how they work, why they are beneficial and non-intrusive, and how to "enable" cookies on your computer if they are not already enabled.

What are cookies?
Cookies are simply bits of information, small text files (usually less than 1K in size), that your browser picks up at many Web sites and stores on your hard drive. They are not programs or applets that can run on your computer.

Where do cookies come from?
You. Yes, that's right. Most of the time, the data stored on the text files comes from information you have supplied at a Web site. This information may be your zip code, your username, any information that you have provided at an online form.

What are cookies used for?
Personalized content delivery is one of the most effective uses of cookies. Keep and Bear Arms uses cookies to deliver all the special, personal content members choose and to identify themselves as Keep and Bear Arms members. Without cookies, you will be unable to access or join Keep and Bear Arms as a member.

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In online shopping, cookies are used to create a virtual "shopping cart," which can remember the items you have selected as you switch from one page to another within the site. If you are forced to terminate your connection while shopping, the items will remain in your shopping cart until you reconnect to the site.

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Advertising companies can use cookies to target ad banners. One large advertising network, DoubleClick, has come under some criticism for trying to track customers by creating cookie-generated profiles. The company then tries to serve you with ad banners they think you will respond to; it claims not, however, to gather personal information or sell any of its cookie data.  We NEVER will, and you can see our Privacy Policy for more about where we stand regarding the RIGHT to privacy.

If cookies are text files, who can read this text?
A cookie can only be read by the site domain that created it. Webmasters can NOT snoop through all your cookies and find out information about you.

Can a cookie carry a computer virus that will infect my computer?
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So what's the big deal? Why do some people object to cookies?
Some anti-cookie sentiment is based on misinformation and paranoia: That cookies are malicious, that they can snoop around your hard drive and gather information about you, that they can reveal personal information. But cookies are simple text files that can NOT capture any information about you. They only store information you have voluntarily provided while visiting a site. And browsers already reveal some information about you without cookies: your IP address, operating system, browser type, etc.

Do I have to accept cookies?
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Can I accept some and reject others?
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How do I set my browser so I can accept or reject cookies?
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In version 3.0, go to the Tools menu and select Options. In the menu pane, click Privacy. Below find the section titled Cookies and check the box labeled Accept cookies from sites. Click OK.

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