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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

All about Cookies

Figure 1.9 - Deleting cookies is a good idea for security

Deleting cookies manually may be a bit of a pain.  However, if it saves the user from having to deal with financial fraud or identity theft, it is worth the extra effort.

If the computer is one that is shared, when the user is finished with their task, they should delete all cookies before leaving their workstation.  If the computer is a laptop or portable computer, then erasing cookies is even more important because if stolen, the thieves could go on a shopping spree using the credit card information left in cookie form.

There are companies that sell programs called cookie managers.  These programs allow the user to control which cookies they want to keep and which ones they want to delete.  One of the best features of this type of program is its ability to alert the user every time a cookie is left on their computer.  It is very insightful to realize just how often this happens.

Privacy Enhancements

Most people are unaware that it is not necessary for them to manually enter personal information in order for another computer to extract that information.  Some commonly used web browsers maintain a user profile of the person running the browser as well as information about the computer on which it is running.  If another computer on the network requests information in the proper format, the browser may provide the data requested behind the scenes.  The user will not be asked to authorize the data transfer, and in fact, will probably not be aware it is happening.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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