Except for spyware and adware, we can't think of anything that is as misunderstood as cookies. You see all sorts of conflicting views on cookies - all from supposed experts. We're going to do what we always do and tell you the way it really is.
It's cool to write stuff that scares people, we guess. It sure is good for the old Web site traffic when some major site picks up your story about cookies that steal passwords, credit card numbers and read the license plates on your car. But, it ain't so, folks. It's really not. We're telling you for the umpteenth time that the term "ware" indicates "software". Whether it be "freeware", "shareware", "software", "spyware", "adware", "badware", "malware" or any other kind of "ware". Cookies are nothing but TEXT files. Plain text files that are deposited onto your computer by Websites for various purposes. The cookies are read by these Websites primarily for several purposes - and most of these purposes are not evil, devious, or sneaky. But somewhere along the line cookies got a really bad reputation. And labeling any cookie "spyware" is ridiculous because a text (txt) file is not a program. If all you had to do was write a text file to create a program, it would be cool and there would be lot more programs.
You could write your own programs by opening notepad and typing:
Well, this just isn't so. Cookies can track your movements within a site (mostly used to see which pages are accessed and from what page); some can even track your movements across families of similar sites with the same ownership; and some can even track your movements across sites of various ownership and content if they use the same advertising network (let's say Doubleclick for example). That's not spyware, it's not a "ware" at all. It's a text file. You don't need anti-spyware software to remove text files, you can remove them anytime you want. If you're lazy (like TC) you don't have to do much to see the cookies on your computer. You can download a little program called a "Cookie" viewer and view and delete cookies. Here's a nice little one (it comes as a zip file - just unzip it and click the executable - you don't have to install it). Go to http://www.pablosoftwaresolutions.com/html/cookie_viewer.html (and yes it's real freeware). You don't need any program to view cookies, in Windows XP you can go to C:\ documents and settings\ your username\ cookies and browse around. However there's other junk in there besides cookies. You'll recognize cookies because, like we've been telling you, they're text files. So, as we said, if you're lazy (like TC) use the cookie viewer and all you'll see are cookies.
What does a cookie file look like? Here's one right from TC's computer. It contains so much valuable personal information about TC we're going to dare show to all over you. Here it is:
The points we're making here, are these:
1. Cookies are plain old text (txt) files
Now, you don't have to like cookies but they're often helpful. Cookies can:
1. Save your preferences for sites like Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and
other site that let you customize your location (for weather, news,
local news, etc.). They can also be used to store you preferences
for site layout and colors for sites that allow you to customize the
look of the pages you use. (I know you! You're the one with the
Mauve page and purple fonts!)
So, now when you visit some guru site that is attracting a huge volume of visitors because he says that cookies are worse than the monsters in "War of the Worlds" - you'll know better - and you'll move on to a site where the guru knows what he or she is talking about - right? Especially if he/she gives you really good cookie recipes like we do!
Here's a couple recipes for cookies that TC used to like back in the days when he could still eat cookies :-( :
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups butter
1 cup butter
What computer guru site gives you stuff like this? Sometimes I think we're a little off :)
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