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Bleeping Cookies??


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:44 AM

I just did a SAS scan. Regular weekly scan, no problems ( Thankfully!)
Just found tracking cookies as usual. I was a bit surprised though as one of the cookies was marked @ads.bleepingcomputer (2).txt
I have not noticed any like that before. Does Bleepingcomputer place tracking cookies now?
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#2 Orange Blossom

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 09:48 PM

Hello there,

BleepingComputer generates the revenue that supports the site from ads placed by Google. These ads appear if you are not logged in and if you don't have software that blocks them. That likely is the source of the cookie you saw.

You can change your browser settings to block such cookies.

Tracking cookies are not a threat, but there are privacy concerns. Tracking cookies are a kind of third party cookie. You can read more about the kind of cookies and how to block unwanted cookies in IE in the in this post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=702871

The links he provides will tell you how to block third party cookies in IE.

You can set up Firefox to block unwanted and unneeded cookies this way:

Click on Tools --> Options --> Privacy

Make sure there is a check mark by "Accept Cookies from Sites." Then in the box just below, make sure the window says "Ask me every time."

What this will do is that every time a site wants to put a cookie on your computer, a little window will pop up asking you if you want to accept it. The first time it shows up, click on "Show details". From then on, except when you reinstall Firefox or in some instances update it, the details will always be shown. There you can see who wants to put it on your computer and whether it is a session cookie or a permanent cookie.

You can add the site to your black list or white list by putting a check mark Use my choice for all cookies from this site and clicking on Deny which adds it to the black list or Allow for session or Allow. The latter choice means that any permanent cookies will stay on your computer until they expire or you delete them. The former choice means that the cookies will always go away when you close your browser. Either way, the sites will be added to the white list.

You can see what cookies are installed by clicking on the Show Cookies button on the privacy screen where you set the cookie options. When you click on Exceptions you will see the list of sites blocked from or permitted to set cookies. You can manually add sites to the block or allow list here, and you can also remove sites from the list.

Security programs such as Spywareblaster - prevents spyware from being installed on your PC. - Tutorial: Using SpywareBlaster will add many sites to the block list to protect you from tracking cookies.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:44 AM

Hi Orange Blossom
Thanks for your response. I think I know what happened. I had a problem opening Firefox about a week or so ago. I accessed BC through IExporer without logging in to check and see if any one else was having a problem. Thatís must be where the cookies came from. Once I did a restart Firefox was ok. I have no problem with BC and cookies. The bills need to be paid somehow. BC is one of the few sites I trust completely.
Again thank you very much for your detailed response. You can close this thread unless you would like to leave it open for any one else with questions.
Very Best Regards
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:40 PM

You're welcome Nawtheasta.

Happy computing.

I shall close as you requested.

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