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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:58 AM
Cookies are text string messages given to a Web browser by a Web server. Whenever you visit a web page or navigate different pages with your browser, the web site generates a unique ID number which your browser stores in a text (cookie) file that is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from that server. Cookies allow third-party providers such as ad serving networks, spyware or adware providers to track personal information. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and prepare customized Web pages for them.
- Persistent cookies have expiration dates set by the Web server when it passes the cookie and are stored on a user's hard drive until they expire or are deleted. These types of cookies are used to store information between visits to a site and collect identifying information about the user such as surfing behavior or preferences for a specific web site.
- Session (transient) cookies are not saved to the hard drive, do not collect any information and have no set expiration date. They are used to temporarily hold information in the form of a session identification stored in memory as you browse web pages. These types of cookies are cached only while a user is visiting the Web server issuing the session cookie and are deleted from the cache when the user closes the session.
- Trusted cookies are from sites you trust, use often, and want to be able to identify and personalize content for you.
- Nuisance cookies are from those sites you do not recognize or often use but somehow it's put a cookie on your machine.
- Bad cookies (i.e. persistent cookies, long term and third party tracking cookies) are those that can be linked to an ad company or something that tracks your movements across the web.
Cookies are NOT a "threat". As text files they cannot be executed to cause any damage. Cookies do not cause any pop ups or install malware and they cannot erase or read information from a computer.
Microsoft's Description of Cookies
Cookies cannot be used to run code (run programs) or to deliver viruses to your computer.
To learn more about Cookies, please refer to:
- Wikipedia: About cookies
- Misconceptions about cookies
- The Unofficial Cookie FAQ
- Do "Cookies" Pose any Security Risks?
Flash cookies (or Local Shared Objects) and Evercookies are a newer way of tracking user behavior and surfing habits but they too are not a threat, and cannot harm your computer.
- evercookie: the one cookie that you...just...can't...DELETE!
- Evercookie, Extremely Persistent Cookies
- Flash Cookies explained
- How do I get to the Settings Manager?
- How to disable third-party local shared objects
- Flash Player security and privacy
- Adobe (finally) makes it easier to delete Flash cookies
As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal.
Tou can minimize the number of cookies which are stored on your computer by referring to:
- Blocking & Managing Unwanted Cookies in Internet Explorer 7/Internet Explorer 8
- Block Third-Party Cookies in Internet Explorer 7
- Block or allow cookies in Internet Explorer 7/Internet Explorer 8
- How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6
- Managing Cookies in Firefox
- Blocking cookies in Firefox
- Cookie Settings in Firefox
- Anonymizer Nevercookie for Firefox to protect against Evercookies
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