Security, Cookies and OLPMS.com
Security, Cookies, and OLPMS
OLPMS requires that you set your browser to accept cookies. Cookies are small files
containing text strings that are used to maintain state information as you navigate
different pages on a Web site or return to the Web site at a later time. This allows the
Web server that uses the cookie to remember the state your browser is in. For example, if
you visit Amazon.com and place an order, the Amazon Web server places a cookie on
your hard drive that holds information about your user ID, and an ID for each session or
visit to the Amazon.com site.
There are actually two different types of cookies: persistent and session cookies.
Persistent cookies are placed on your hard drive and remain there until you manually
delete them. Session cookies reside in your computer’s memory, and are only active
during that particular session. Once you terminate that session (as in exiting your
browser), session cookies are no longer active. OLPMS only uses session cookies.
These session cookies are purely for authentication/security, and do not contain nor
collect any specific or personal information about the user whatsoever. What it
represents, in a way only intelligible to the OLPMS server, is the user's OLPMS id,
and that the user is either an Administrator or a Client Company.
The cookie does nothing other than represent a specific person and gives them permission
to proceed. Although you do not need to have cookies enabled to use OLPMS,
if you do not enable cookies you will have to log in again for every protected area.
Setting your browser to allow OLPMS’s session cookies
Using Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6.0
The most secure way to set your browser to accept the session cookies from OLPMS is
to add OLPMS as a “Trusted Site.” Doing so tells your browser to accept the session
cookie from OLPMS without opening your browser to accepting all third-party
The steps for setting a Trusted Site in Internet Explorer are the same in either Internet
Explorer 5.5 or Internet Explorer 6.0.
1. Start Internet Explorer
2. Click the Tools menu
3. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu
4. When the Internet Options dialog box appears, click on the Security tab
5. Click the icon representing Trusted Sites in the white box beneath the
heading: “Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings.”
6. Click the Sites… button.
7. When the Trusted Sites dialog box appears, type the url for OLPMS in the
text box beneath the heading: “Add this Web site to the zone:”
8. If there is a check mark in the box that to the left of the phrase: “Require
server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone, click in the check box to
remove the check mark (server verification is NOT required for OLPMS).
9. Click the Add button.
10. Click the OK button on the Trusted Sites dialog box.
11. Click the OK button on the Internet Options dialog box.