cookies

Wed
05
Jul
John Lister's picture

Judge Says Facebook Cookie 'Tracking' was Legal

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit which accused Facebook of tracking web users after they logged out of the site. Judge Edward Davila said the people bringing the case hadn't proven any financial loss or a breach of reasonable privacy expectations. ... The case involves website cookies, which are small text files created by a browser and stored on a user's computer. The cookies are readable by websites and can be used to identify the user and customize the content they see when visiting a page. In this case, the cookies were being read by third party websites that included a "Facebook ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jan
John Lister's picture

Online Tracking Ads May Get Overhaul

Major changes to privacy laws in Europe could affect the way websites deliver advertising. The move is meant to protect user privacy, but critics claim it could make ads more annoying and intrusive. The proposed changes would affect websites used by ... people in European Union countries, but the regulatory impact could be so severe that sites find it easier to change their policies worldwide. According to European officials, the changes are designed to take existing rules that affect telecommunications companies and apply them equally to Internet companies. The main principle of the change is ... (view more)

Mon
25
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Disable Hotmail Automatic Login

Infopackets Reader Joe M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10. When I go to Hotmail (Live.com) to login and view my emails, I am automatically logged into my account. I would much rather be able to log into my Live email account manually, ... but I don't see an option for this. How can I disable the Hotmail automatic login? Other people use the computer and I do not want them gaining easy access to my email account. I'd rather I had to sign in every time. Thanks for any help you can provide. " My response: With the release of Windows 10 last year, Microsoft has integrated many of its ... (view more)

Fri
14
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Should I Delete my Web Browser Cookies?

Infopackets Reader 'r clee' writes: " Dear Dennis, Every web browser I've used has the option to 'disable third party cookies'. Most articles I've read on privacy say not to allow third party cookies; however, recently, I visited tripadvisor.com to ... read a post, but found my comment wouldn't be accepted unless I enabled third-party cookies. Now, Google is telling me that my Firefox is 'outdated'. When I click the link to find out more detail, it says if I don't enable third party cookies, my email interface will switch to the plain vanilla HTML format ... [Is this] a stab at deeper data mining ... (view more)

Fri
31
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'Sync Breeze 6.7.28', and 'MozillaCookiesView 1.50'

Sync Breeze 6.7.28 This fast and easy-to-use synchronization program makes it simple to sync files across multiple devices, including local disks, networks, NAS storage devices, and enterprise storage systems; features include real-time and ... multi-stream synchronization. Note that there is a freeware version and pro version on the download page. http://www.syncbreeze.com/ MozillaCookiesView 1.50 MozillaCookiesView makes it easy to track the activity in your Netscape and Mozilla web browsers. It conveniently displays information related to all of your cookies, helps you delete unwanted cookies ... (view more)

Fri
22
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Fined For Misleading Safari Users

Google has agreed to pay a $17 million penalty for cheating a privacy system in Apple's Safari browser. Google was fined because it effectively lied to customers about its privacy policy. The case involves cookies, small text files placed in a ... user's web browser so that websites can quickly get information about the user. In some cases this can be beneficial; for example, a movie listing site can make a note about a user's ZIP code so that they immediately receive localized listings when they visit the site. In some cases, though, advertisers will use cookies to track which sites a user ... (view more)

Tue
26
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Mozilla Firefox: No More Third-Party Cookies

Mozilla says it will take steps to stop advertisers from violating Firefox user privacy. But advertisers have labeled the move an act of war. Mozilla has announced that it will change the Firefox browser so that third-party cookies -- such as those ... from advertisers -- are blocked by default. Cookies are small text files created by websites and stored on your computer. Cookies Key to Website Advertising In many cases cookies help the website visitor. For example, a cookie might store your username to make logging in faster, or it could store your ZIP code so you can instantly get customized ... (view more)

Wed
15
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Misleads Safari Users; Fined $22.5 Million

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million penalty for misleading users of the Safari browser about its privacy policies. It's the largest penalty ever imposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for this type of offense. The case involves cookies, ... the small text files which a website places on a user's computer to identify and help track them. In many cases, cookies help advertisers deliver particularly relevant advertisements (Amazon's "Recommended for You" feature is one example). Google Tricks Safari With Bogus Code Since many web users don't like being followed, Apple decided ... (view more)

Tue
28
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Sneaks Browser Cookies, Tracks Users

Microsoft has accused Google of ignoring the privacy settings on browsers. Google says it's all a misunderstanding, but politicians have suggested there could be legal consequences. The dispute centers on web browser cookies, which are small text ... files a website sends to a user's computer, intended to provide information to various sites for customizing the user's online experiences. However, cookies can also be used to track a web user's online activity. To prevent this, most browsers allow users to limit the acceptance of cookies. For Apple's Safari, the default setting accepts cookies only ... (view more)

Thu
17
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'Windows Firewall Notifier 1.6.2', and 'Expired Cookies Cleaner 1.03'

Windows Firewall Notifier 1.6.2 Windows Firewall Notifier (WFN) is a program that extends the default Windows embedded firewall tool, allowing it to handle outgoing connections. This expanded firewall tool displays information about the system's ... current connections, and also updates users when changes occur. http://wokhan.online.fr Expired Cookies Cleaner 1.03 Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) normally stores cookies in different files on your hard disk drive. The more you browse the web, the more cookies pile up on your PC. This Expired Cookies Cleaner software allows you to remove expired ... (view more)

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