What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small field of letters and numbers that we temporarily store on your browser and will be remembered by your computer and stored on your hard drive.
What does our cookie do?
- Provide an anonymous code to distinguish you from other users
- Remember website settings such as font sytle, font size, and primary lanuage
- Temporarily use technical information such as browser and operating system to format window content
- Improve the speed of paging through our website and to anonymously record volume of data transferred
- Increase security by reducing the potential of hacks
Is our cookie safe?
We do not use tracking cookies nor targeting cookies for advertising. We do log the pages visited and articles selected as part of our evaluation of analytic performance. Our server logs the number of visits per hour and network domains (.net, .com, .uk, etc.) Here is an example of the long term visit statistics we keep at www.sundials.org
How to protect yourself from malicious cookies
When you transfer to an outside website, you are leaving the NASS domain, and NASS information management policies no longer apply. NASS encourages you to read the privacy statement of each external website that you visit before you provide any personal data. Some of those sites may have tracking cookies that NASS does not control.
It may be that your concerns of cookies relate to so called "spyware" and "tracking". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same end by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Anti-spyware software is available from sources such as Spy Bot - Search and Destroy and Norton-Symantec. Cookie management extensions for the Firefox browser (highly recommended) that destruct cookies after browsing sessions are available at Mozilla Firefox Addons.