BROWSER MUST HAVE COOKIES ENABLED IN ORDER FOR THE
PAYPAL SHOPPING CART TO WORK PROPERLY.
Cookies: What they are and how they work.
A cookie is a file on a web user's hard drive (it's
kept in one of the subdirectories under the browser
file directory). This is useful for having your
browser remember some specific information which
the web server can later retrieve.
For example, when you browse through an "online
shopping mall" and add items to your "shopping
cart" as you browse, a list of the items you've
picked up is stored by your browser so that you
can pay for all of the items at once when you're
finished shopping. It's much more efficient for
each browser to keep track of information like this
than to expect the web server to have to remember
who bought what, especially if there are thousands
of people using it the web server at a time.
A cookie file is NOT a secret way for a web server
to find out everything about you and what you have
on your hard drive. The ONLY way that any private
information could be in your cookie file would be
if you personally gave that information to a web
server in the first place and it decided to put
that information into your cookie file for some
reason. Also, each cookie is marked with information
about what web server it's for; Netscape Navigator
does not send any cookies to any web server they're
not for. There is absolutely no way for a web server
to get access to any private information about you
or your system through cookies. Also, there is no
possible way that a virus could be spread through