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really clear and useful answer. it is amazing if you browse with the cookies set to the setting that they must pop up one and by one and ask for permission before settling in your browser.
Dozens can jump at one web page and if you block all of them google refuses to work properly.
I use a utility called ccleaner to periodically clean up my cookies. I have set it to leave the cookies that I need and wipe the rest. It gets rid of clutter and could also avoid misunderstandings down the road.
256 byte Cookies are easily erased and do not add up all that fast. What most people are unaware of is the up-to 100,000 byte flash cookies, more correctly referred to as Local Shared Objects or .LSO's, put onto your computer by companies using Adobe Flash. Since I installed Better Privacy an a Firefox add-on last summer, 3,838 LSO's have been deleted from my computer. 264 have been removed since Feb 1st. Now if each LSO was 100k in size that would mean over 380 megabytes of unwanted information stored on my computer.
See: http://windowssecrets.com/2008/10/23/06-Flash-cookies-are-putting-your-privacy-at-risk .
Also see https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/ for more information.
For most (maybe all) browsers you can block third-party cookies. This is what I recommend. You don't really need them and they are just used for marketing.
CCleaner is nice. I recommend it! I use it to clean cookies and other junk I don't want using real estate. It's fast and efficient.
I guess what it really means is: stay off the porn sites if you don't want the family to know you have been there!!!
Why doesn't Norton et al ask if you want to accept the cookie?
I use IE tools to delete my temp files and used to also delete cookies. I was told to leave the cookies. When I was deleting the along with the temp files , I never noticed a problem. What do you recommend. Thanks ,Joe
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