Cookies


What are "cookies"?
How does the Fairfax County Web site use cookies?
How do I enable cookies?
What happens if I don't accept your cookies?
Need more information?


What are "cookies"?

A "cookie" on the World Wide Web is a line of text with a server address and an ID number which is stored on your computer (usually in a file named "cookies.txt"). Cookies, on their own, are not harmful. They do not contain any information that you have not voluntarily entered on your own. They are not applications or "virus spreaders." They can't, for instance, be used to search your local hard drive. Furthermore, cookies may only be read by the site that sent them. Cookies may be used to track where you go on a specific site or to pass information from one page to the next (so you don't, for example, have to enter your name and address every time you submit a form). You can enable or


How does the Fairfax County Web site use cookies?

We do not use cookies to track where you visit on the Fairfax County Web site. Fairfax County is not monitoring your Web browsing habits through cookies. Cookies are used by some county Web applications to pass needed information from one page to the next. Rejecting a cookie in these applications will render the application useless. For example, Parktakes Online uses cookies to store log in information (member number and/or PIN) to identify the end user to the system throughout the class search and registration processes.

WE DO NOT RECORD ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION IN OUR LOGS OR COOKIES. Applications use cookies to track the session through randomly generated ID numbers that cannot be traced back to any personal or private information.


How do I enable cookies?

Instructions for enabling cookies are provided below for the most common browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari,) used to view our site. If you are using a different browser, or have questions about the instructions, please e-mail the Web Administrator for assistance.

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer 7.x
    1. On the menu at the top of your browser window, select Tools | Internet Options.
    2. Click on the "Privacy" tab, and make sure the settings slider is at least two notches up (i.e. not on the "Restricts third party cookies..." setting).
    3. Then click on the "Sites" tab to open the Per Site Privacy Actions window.
    4. In the "Address of Web Site" field, type in: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov, then click "Allow". Repeat this process for http://www.co.fairfax.va.us, adding it as well.
    5. Click "OK" to confirm and exit out of the current window, and again for the Internet Options window.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x
    1. On the menu at the top of your browser window, select Tools | Internet Options.
    2. Click on the "Privacy" tab, and make sure the settings slider is at least one notch down (i.e. not on the "Block all Cookies" setting).
    3. Under the "Web Sites" area, click on "edit".
    4. In the "Address of Web Site" field, type in: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov, then click "Allow". Repeat this process for http://www.co.fairfax.va.us, adding it as well.
    5. Click "OK" to confirm and exit out of the current window, and again for the Internet Options window.

Firefox

  • Firefox 3.x
    1. From the Firefox toolbar at the top of the page, click on Tools.
    2. Click on Options.
    3. Click on the Privacy tab.
    4. In the Cookies section, check the "Accept cookies from sited" to enable cookies.
    5. Click OK.

Opera

  • Opera 9.x
    1. From the Opera toolbar at the top of the page, click on Tools.
    2. Click on Preferences.
    3. Click on the Advanced tab.
    4. In the middle of the left hand bar, click on Cookies.
    5. Check either "Accept cookies" or "Accept cookies from the sites I visit" to enable cookies.
    6. Click OK.

Safari

  • Safari 3.x
    1. From the Safari toolbar at the top of the page, click on Edit.
    2. Click on Preferences.
    3. Click on the Security tab.
    4. Check either "Accept cookies" or "Accept cookies from the sites I navigate to " to enable cookies.
    5. Click the x in the upper right corner to accept the changes.


What happens if I don't accept your cookies?

Many browsers can be set to warn you before accepting cookies. If you do not accept a cookie from our site, nothing horrible will happen. However, some interactive applications (for example, the job listings and the e-Check applications) will not work as designed. This may mean that you will not be able to get information or complete a transaction. In some cases, it may just be that certain features will not be available to you. If you decline the cookie in one of the applications that requires cookies, the server will continue to try to send you a cookie with each page of the application you request.
Because these in-process cookies are stored temporarily in memory rather than being written to the hard drive of the computer and they do not contain any confidential or personal information, they just help us make the site more usable for you. You can feel secure about accepting in-process cookies while using the Fairfax County site.


Need more information?

If you have any questions or concerns about cookies and their use on the Fairfax County Web site beyond what is covered here, please contact the Web Administrator


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