Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies
Browser cookies are text files that are placed in your computer's browser, and that can be used to help recognize you as an AOL Services user. Web beacons are small pieces of code placed on Web pages that can be used, among other things, to count the users who visit that Web page, or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a user viewing that page. Many websites, including AOL, may also use Flash cookies that operate similarly to browser cookies.
- to help authenticate you when you use AOL Services;
- to remember your preferences and registration information;
- to enable a shopping cart;
- to present and help measure and research the effectiveness of Service offerings, advertisements, and e-mail communications (by determining which AOL e-mails you open and act upon);
- and to customize the content and advertisements provided to you through the AOL Service.
You can control browser cookies through your browser's settings. You can control Flash cookies via the Macromedia Flash application on your computer, or by going to the Adobe Flash Player website, which allows you to view, modify, and delete Flash cookies. Please note that if you reject all browser or Flash cookies you will not be able to take advantage of many AOL Services.