What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file created by an Internet site to store information on your computer, such as your preferences when visiting that site. Browsers are automatically set to accept cookies unless you manually tell the browser to reject them, or you have installed a program that rejects all cookies.
Only the McMaster Alumni Community Online Community on the Web can read the information about your ID and password. No other Web site has access to it through your browser. However, anyone who sits down at your computer can log on to our site using your Member information if you have chosen to "Save your Login" We recommend saving your sign-on only if your computer is in a secure location; if you are in a public place and want to make sure that your ID and password are not stored there, click Log Out on our home page.
First Party vs. Third-Party cookies
A first-party cookie either originates on or is sent to the Web site you are currently viewing. These cookies are commonly used to store information, such as your preferences when visiting that site.
Persistent or Temporary Cookie
A persistent cookie is one stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close Internet Explorer. The cookie can be read by the Web site that created it when you visit that site again. When you "Remember your login on this computer" and quit your browser, this information is stored in a cookie. This "permanent" cookie will remain on your hard disk indefinitely allowing you to log in to the community automatically without entering your username and password each visit. It will remain there until you log out of the system or delete the cookie.
A temporary or session cookie is stored only for your current browsing session, and is deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer. When temporary cookies are being used, this Web site requires you to re=enter your login information after a certain period of time has elapsed to protect you against others accidentally accessing your account information.