Technical Information
Technical Information 
 
Browsers
What is a Browser?
A Browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web.  This includes Web pages, images, video and other files.  As a client/server model, the browser is the client run on a computer that contacts the Web server and requests information.  The Web server sends the information back to the Web browser which displays the results on the computer or other Internet-enabled device that supports a browser.  You have accessed this web page through the aid of a browser.
 
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Which Browsers are best for viewing nationaldistributors.com?
Any one of the 5 browsers listed below will work with nationaldistributors.com
 
Cookies
What are Cookies?
nationaldistributors.com uses browser "cookies" for both merchant and customer sessions. A cookie is a small file stored by the browser which can only be read by the same server that set it. nationaldistributors.com does not store any sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or passwords, in the cookies it uses.
 
•  When nationaldistributors.com creates a shopping cart for a customer, it will set a cookie to associate the customer with a particular shopping cart. There are several situations, in addition to adding products to a cart, which will cause a shopping cart to be created, including registered customer log-in, or coming to the store from an associate link. If the customer has cookies disabled, the shopping cart will be linked to the customer's IP address.
 
•  If a registered customer logs in, a cookie is created that tells nationaldistributors.com who it is. This is a "session" cookie, which means it will expire as soon as the customer closes their browser, or does not do anything on the store Website for an extended period of time, or if the customer completes an order.
 
•  When a customer selects tax or payment method options, and then clicks on Checkout on the main shopping cart screen, these selections are stored in a cookie. This allows nationaldistributors.com to "remember" the customer's selections if they return to the store to place another order. The cookie will expire one year from the date it was created. If the customer's browser does not allow cookies, the "memory" feature will not be available.
 
•  When a customer enters their shipping and billing information on the Billing screen and clicks Submit This Order to complete the order, nationaldistributors.com sets another cookie. It contains the billing address (and the shipping address if a separate one is used) the customer used. It does not contain any credit card information. This cookie is set to expire one year from the date it was created. If the customer returns to the store from the same computer within this time, nationaldistributors.com will detect and read the cookie and the customer will not have to re-enter the address information. If cookies are disabled in a customer's browser, this "memory" feature will not be available to them.

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