cookies

Wed
15
Aug
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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
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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
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'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)

Tue
24
May
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LinkedIn Cookies Put User Accounts at Risk: Report

Website LinkedIn.com has received some tough criticism as of late, after one security researcher revealed that the cookies used on the website leaves user accounts open to an online attack. In a recent blog, independent researcher Rishi Narang ... warned members of the business-oriented social network that the cookies found on the site may continue to remain active for up to one year. Extended Expiry Time Aids Hackers Once a user completes their login procedures, LinkedIn creates a file on their computer which the site uses for quicker access later on (similar to the cookies found on many other ... (view more)

Tue
19
May
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Help! My PC Is Infected and being used to Spam!

Infopackets Reader 'Mule63' writes: " Dear Dennis, I would like to know how to get rid of Tracking Cookies. They seem to be using my email to send inappropriate messages to people and my Internet Service Provider (ISP) has threatened to cut my ... Internet service. Could this cause the computer to go slower? Thank you for any information you can give me. " My response: The short and sweet answer is that tracking cookies probably aren't the issue here. The more likely answer is that your computer is infected with Spyware, is part of a botnet, and is being used to proliferate spam. Allow me to ... (view more)

Mon
23
Jul
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Google's Cookies Crumbling Sooner

In a move that will surely please many privacy campaigners, Google has changed its cookie policy dramatically. How so? Instead of having cookies expire in the year 2038, they will expire two years after the page has last been viewed. (Source: ... betanews.com ) The announcement comes shortly after the search engine giant revealed that it will erase search logs after 18 months, a reduction from the previously uncapped time limit. The cookie reduction announcement came via an official Google blog entitled "Cookies: Expiring Sooner to Improve Privacy." In the post, Global Privacy Counsel Peter ... (view more)

Thu
22
Dec
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'Encryption Pack For Ms Office', and 'Expired Cookies Cleaner'

Encryption Pack for Ms Office MS Office offers a simple way to protect a document by using a password entry. This provides a basic security for MS Word, Excel documents (.DOC, .XLS, .PPT) from unauthorized access. But security specialists do not ... recommend to use build-in MS Office security features. For example: take a quick browse through Google and you'll be able to turn up as many MS Office password crackers as you like. Encryption Pack for MS Office, on the other hand, is a great way to protect your documents using strong encryption. http://www.rohos.com/encryption-pack/ Expired Cookies ... (view more)

Tue
23
Sep
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Small eye, White box, and a Red X?, Part 2

Recall -- Last week, Anne from Canada told me of a very strange problem with her computer: " ... Sometimes there is an image under the email page, or Internet page, and it has a small eye with a white box and a red X in it. It annoys me, and I try ... to get rid of it ... It's not always there for long, and then disappears. Any ideas? " My Response: I haven't experienced this problem before, so I asked Gazette Readers for help. Many Readers wrote in to tell me that they also have the same predicament, while others provided some very insightful information. Wendall J. put it very simply: " The ... (view more)

Wed
03
Sep
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GhostSurf Pro Review

Several "clean up" programs on the market today are designed to eliminate Spyware* and other tracking devices after a computer has already become infected. GhostSurf Pro, on the other hand, prevents Spyware from infecting a PC (before it can ever ... take place) and provides a wide array of security features which allows users to surf the world wide web with varying degrees of anonymity. Side Note: Spyware is software which records information about you or your computer usage (without your knowledge) and then relays this information to a third party -- quite often, for marketing ... (view more)

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