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A third type of cookie stores your enciphered password (hash enciphered). This makes the automatic login feature work. The cookie is erased after 30 days. If the user thinks that this is a problem, the user has to decline automatic log on (do not tick the "Remember me" square). Do not choose automatic logon if you are on a public computer.
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