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Use the Privacy Slide Bar in IE6

Microsoft has incorporated a new privacy feature, the privacy slide bar, in its newest Web browser, Internet Explorer 6.0. The privacy slide bar is designed to provide Web users with the controls to determine how their browser handles cookies. These settings are then used to seamlessly manage the information-sharing requests made by the Web sites the user visits, based on the user's settings. Below is a description of the default privacy slide bar setting (Medium) as well as the other available levels.

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Controlling Privacy Settings
Medium (Default): Internet Explorer 6.0 is installed with this setting in-place. This setting automatically blocks cookies that are sent from Web sites beyond the site you are visiting (third party Web sites) if they do not have compact policies or if they collect information that, when combined with personal identifiers such as your name or email address, can be used for marketing or other secondary purposes. It also restricts Web sites from using information collected by cookies for marketing or other secondary purposes unless you are able to choose not to receive such information.

To Change Settings:

If you want to change your settings, you can increase or decrease the number of cookies you accept on your computer. Below is an explanation of the different settings.

Block All Cookies:This setting blocks Web sites from sending any cookies to a user's computer and prevents Web sites from reading any cookies that were saved on your computer during previous visits to the sites. Web sites that use cookies for e-commerce transactions, personalization, graphic, or other interactive features will not function properly with this setting. Learn how to change your privacy settings.

High:The high setting automatically blocks all cookies that do not have compact privacy policies. It also blocks cookies from all Web sites that, when combined with personally identifiable information, can be used for marketing or that transfer such information to third party Web sites. Some Web sites that use cookies for e-commerce transactions, personalization, graphics, or other interactive features will not function properly with this setting. Learn how to change your privacy settings.

Medium High:The medium high setting automatically block cookies from third party Web sites that do not have compact privacy policies and blocks cookies from all Web sites that, when combined with personally identifiable information, can be used for marketing or other secondary purposes or that transfer such information to third party Web sites. Learn how to change your privacy settings.

Low:The low setting automatically accepts all cookies from Web sites you are visiting. It restricts cookies from third party Web sites, deleting them from your computer after you close Internet Explorer 6.0. Learn how to change your privacy settings.

Accept All: This setting automatically accepts all cookies, regardless of their origin. This setting will not alert or allow Web users to block any cookies that gather information on them. Learn how to change your privacy settings.

Learn more about the Advanced settings

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