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Cookies and cookie usage

In order to post messages and use Lottery Post features, cookies must be enabled on your Internet browser.  The use of cookies helps us to bring you easy-to-use yet powerful features.

Our use of cookies is harmless to you and your computer, and we do not use cookies for any purpose other than enabling Lottery Post features.

What are Cookies?

You may have heard horror stories about cookies — stories that would lead you to believe that allowing cookies on your computer invades your privacy, or reveals your personal information, or divulges your browsing history.  In truth, none of those things can be attributable to cookies.

Enabling cookies will not reveal your credit card number, will not give away your e-mail address, will not reveal your name or address, or any of the other nightmare scenarios you may have heard.

So why do these stories exist?

It's simple:  there are lots of companies that make a lot of money selling Internet Security software.  If you install this software, and then it never finds a problem on your computer, you probably wouldn't upgrade the software when the new version comes out next year.  So the security companies treat every theoretical security issue as if it were a dire emergency, so that you feel it is very important to keep buying the latest release.

When Norton or McAfee or Kaspersky or any of the other numerous security packages informs you that it "found 24 problems and fixed them", it makes you feel safer, right?  Or when they refer to "tracking cookies" it makes you feel that someone is tracking your every movement, doesn't it?

Getting wrapped up in security paranoia will definitely help security companies sell more software to you, but the truth of the matter is that you're wasting a lot of time and money worrying about it, at least as far as cookies are concerned.

Note:  If you're looking for an excellent — and free — security solution, try Microsoft Security Essentials.  It offers some of the best virus/malware protection available anywhere, and only bothers you when it finds a problem.  Combined with the firewall that is built into every version of Windows since XP, you can get a perfect level of security without spending any money.

Get to the point:  What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer's hard drive.  Each cookie/text file is smaller than a typical e-mail that is stored by Outlook or other mail software.  So you could literally have thousands of cookies saved on your computer, and wouldn't notice any appreciable hard disk space being used.

Your computer typically buries the cookie storage folder in a temporary storage directory someplace, but if you knew where to look, because cookies are merely text files, you could certainly open them in Windows Notepad (or other text editor) and take a look at what they contain.

What you would find is tiny blips of information like numbers, dates, etc.  They are typically used by Web sites to remember that you are logged in, or to save the fact that you want to remain logged in after closing the browser, or other semi-permanent settings that you instructed the site that you want to remember.

Your Web browser strictly prevents one Web site from reading the cookie stored by another Web site, so the only information stored in a cookie will be information that you provided in some way to the Web site that created the cookie.  It may be a poor example, but if you provided your name to one Web site, and that site stored your name in a cookie, no other Web site would be able to retrieve the name from that cookie.

If after all of this you're still worried about cookies, maybe you can look at it this way:  when is the last time you heard of a concrete example of someone's privacy being violated, or personal information stolen, from the use of a cookie?  Sure, we all hear theoretical examples of this and that, but with the billions of people using the Internet, don't you find it strange that it's so hard to find an actual case of abuse through the use of a cookie?

Don't allow the security companies' propaganda that is designed to sell more security software prevent you from enjoying Web sites.  Absolutely, always allow all "1st party cookies" in your Web browser settings.  Most browsers allow you to block 3rd party cookies (cookies set by advertising companies), so if you feel you must, block 3rd party cookies, but never block 1st party cookies.  If there is simply an "allow all or nothing" setting, choose "allow all".

How to Enable Cookies (See below for help with clearing cookies)

To enable cookies in your Internet browser, follow the instructions below for the browser version you are using.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8  (IE 8)

  • Click the Tools button in the command bar, and then click Internet Options in the menu.
  • Click on the Privacy tab.
  • Under Settings, move the slider to one of the following settings: Accept All Cookies, Low, Medium, or Medium High.  We recommend Medium.  (If you move the slider to any higher setting such as High or Block All Cookies, Lottery Post will not work properly.)
  • Click OK to save the new cookie setting.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7  (IE 7)

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools toolbar button.
  • Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • Click the "Sites" button.
  • In the "Address of Web Site" box type "lotterypost.com" (without the quotes).
  • Click the "Allow" button.
  • Click the "OK" button to close the Per Site Privacy Actions window.
  • Click the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6  (IE 6)

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • In the "Web Sites" section click the "Edit..." button.
  • In the "Address of Web Site" box type "lotterypost.com" (without the quotes).
  • Click the "Allow" button.
  • Click the "OK" button to close the Per Site Privacy Actions window.
  • Click the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Click on the "Security" tab.
  • Click "Custom Level" button.
  • Scroll down to the "Cookies" section.
  • To enable:
    • Set "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" to "Enable".
    • Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Enable".
  • Click "OK".

Firefox 2.x

  • Select "Options..." from the Tools menu.
  • Click on the "Privacy" tab at the top of the window.
  • In the "Cookies" section, click the "Exceptions..." button.
  • In the "Address of web site" box type "lotterypost.com" (without the quotes).
  • Click the "Allow" button.
  • Click the "Close" button to close the Exceptions - Cookies window.
  • Click the "OK" button to close the Options window.

Netscape Communicator 7.x

  • Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • Find the "Cookies" section in the "Privacy & Security" category.
  • To enable:
    • Select "Enable all cookies".
  • Click "OK".

Clearing Cookies

Sometimes it may become necessary to clear the cookies set by Lottery Post.  An example is if the Log In feature is malfunctioning — perhaps your computer is not staying logged in, or maybe you can't get it to Log Off — or maybe you want it to "forget" all of the various checkboxes and settings that have built up over time.

Note:  Every Web browser brand (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) uses its own independent cookie storage.  So clearing cookies in Internet Explorer does not have any effect on the cookies that may be stored in Firefox.  So if you use multiple Web browsers, please keep this in mind.

The easy way for all Web browsers

There is one simple method of clearing the Lottery Post cookies saved on your computer:

  • In the Lottery Post blue menu bar at the top of the page, click the menu option Delete cookies set by Lottery Post in the Options menu.

Using that command will work 99% of the time, and is certainly the quickest and easiest way to clear the Lottery Post cookies.

Also, using that command has the advantage of leaving all the other cookies on your computer untouched.  So if you log in to other Web sites on the Internet, and you don't want to erase all of the saved log ins, this is definitely the best approach.

If for some reason this menu command does not work, you may need to remove the cookies manually using your Web browser's built-in features.  We have included instructions for most major Web browsers below.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8)

  • Open the Delete Browsing History panel by either pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete on your keyboard (hold down Ctrl and Shift while pressing Delete), or by clicking the Safety button on the command bar and selecting Delete Browsing History... from the menu.
  • Make sure "Cookies" has a checkmark next to it, and examine the other checkboxes to be sure of what else you would like to delete at the same time.
  • Click the Delete button.
  • When it is finished, the box will automatically close.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7)

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Make sure the "General" tab is selected (the first tab).
  • In the Browsing History section, click the Delete... button.
  • Click the Delete cookies... button, then click Yes.
  • Click Close, then click Cancel.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6)

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Make sure the "General" tab is selected (the first tab).
  • In the Temporary Internet Files section, click Delete Cookies, click OK, and then click OK again.

NOTE: To delete individual cookies in Internet Explorer 6, follow the instructions for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x.

Internet Explorer 5.x

  • Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Make sure the "General" tab is selected (the first tab).
  • Click View Files.
  • On the View menu, click Details.
  • Click the Internet Address column header, and then find the Internet addresses of the cookie files.  For example, a cookie Internet address may be named similar to the following name:
    • Cookie:username@websitename.com
  • Click a cookie file, and then press DELETE on your keyboard.  If you are prompted to confirm that you want to delete the file, click Yes.  Repeat this step for each cookie file you wish to delete.
  • In the Temporary Internet Files section, click Settings.

Firefox

  • Select "Options" from the Tools menu.
  • Click the "Privacy" section.
  • In the Private Data area, click Settings....  Make sure "Cookies" has a checkmark next to it, then click OK.
  • Click the Clear Now button.
  • Click Cancel.

Netscape Navigator 6 for all Windows OS

  • Go to Program Files, Netscape, Users, your current user profile folder, and locate the file called 'cookies'.
  • Right-click it and select Delete.
  • Restart Navigator or Communicator.