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#1 Hal06


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 10:39 AM

I use Firefox v. To control cookies I can accept or not, if I accept I can keep until they expire, keep until session is ended, or ask every time. I have it set to ask every time, but this is rather annoying. What are the risks of choosing one of the other options or of not accepting cookies? Thanks.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 10:49 AM

Well, many cookies are perfectly harmless, and aid in navigating sites, logging in, retaining personal preferences (when I look at Border's, for example, the site already knows the three nearest stores so I can check their instock on a book I wish to buy). If you accept no cookies, you will have to deal with these problems every time you revisit some of your websites.

1. Keeping until expiration. This would mean that you most likely would have some malicious cookies on your hard drive. You would then have to manually review all the cookies and decide which to delete.
2. Keep until end of session. This would mean that you would loose the beneficial cookies each time you closed your browser.
3. Ask every time. This may be annoying, but seems the best choice.

Note: you can also tell Firefox which sites are OK to accept cookies for the session (or NOT); using this feature will reduce the number of decisions you need to make.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:30 AM

To elaborate a little further, on what jgweed said:

Note: you can also tell Firefox which sites are OK to accept cookies for the session (or NOT); using this feature will reduce the number of decisions you need to make.

Personally, I prefer to leave that box unchecked, and use the Exceptions... button.
If it's a site I trust, I'll add it to the Exceptions list.
That way, only those sites can set cookies.
In the Address of web site: box, type in the URL of the site you want to allow cookies from.
Click the Allow button.
When your done, click the Close button.
Now, that site, will always be allowed to set cookies.

You can also use this to always block cookies, from certain sites.
Follow the above directions, and instead of clicking the Allow button, click the Block button.

If it's a site that has to use cookies to function, but you don't want them to remain on your computer (in my case, Yahoo Mail), use the Allow for session button.
That way when you close Firefox, the cookies set by that site will be removed.
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