Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
It's a pretty quick process to identify all the internet domains that need to be listed in CCleaner as exceptions - so that you can easily login to your favorite sites.
Once you've logged into a site cookies are often used to keep you logged in for some period of time. There are risks associated with that, and more.
Cookies do accumulate and while they are mostly harmless there are occasionally reasons to clean them up. We'll set up a nightly task to do just that.
Deleting cookies is an easy task. Whether it's absolutely necessary or not is another matter.
Anti-spyware programs often list cookies as suspect without much explanation. We'll look at how to find out a little more, and what to do. Or not.
Websites have several methods of tracking visitors from tracing IP addresses to dropping cookies. I walk through various steps needed to go anonymous.
Browser cookies are a way that web sites can leave information on your computer that they can use when you return to their site. Simple and powerful.
Cookies are placed on your machine by websites, but often more websites than you realize. We'll review cookies and how third parties can use them.
So-called "super cookies" are techniques that track the websites that you visit, even if you regularly disable or flush normal cookies.
Cookies are a fact of life when browsing the web. But, if you look at the cookies stored on your machine, you might be surprised at the number.
"Tracking" cookies from most sites aren't that bad, and usually not tracking you personally. They are there to help with your user experience.
Sites download information onto your hard drive to create a smooth user experience. There is a simple action that will solve the whole problem.
When a website can't set cookies to your machine, the first thing to try is clearing the cache. That, along with a few other ideas, should get you up and running.
Hotmail logs you off if it can't find a cookie on your computer to identify your login information. To stay logged in you must keep the cookie.
Hotmail logins will not be remembered if cookies are deleted or turned off. Your computer's cookie settings need to be reset.
Websites can be cleaned from your drop-down menus and IP addresses can change. That in itself is not indicative of a hack. A few steps will increase security.
Deleting cookies will make online accounts forget who you are and cause you to answer all your security questions again.
Deleting cookies will clear up a little disk space, and may or may not actually free up a small amount of your computer's memory.
Cookies are a confusing concept. I'll revisit what they are and how they work, and what, if any, speed impact there is in deleting cookies.