What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file containing alphanumeric information that is placed on your computer by the website you are visiting. The cookie can only be read by the website that created it.
Cookies are not Programs
Cookies are not programs that run in the background on your computer gathering personal information about you and the other sites you visit.
Two Types of Cookies
- Temporary or Session Cookie - Stored on your computer only for your current browsing session, and is deleted from your computer when you close your browser.
- Persistent Cookie - Stored on your computer after you close your browser, which allows your preferences for that site to remain for future browsing sessions.
- Cookies are most often used to gather basic information, such as the type of browser you use, how much time you spend on the site, etc.
- Cookies may be used for unscrupulous purposes, so it is always a good idea to read the privacy and security policies for each website you visit to find out how your personal information is collected, stored and used.
Some of this information is excerpted from the American Century Investments Privacy & Security policy. Please read the full policy for details.