This week, I was deeply saddened to learn that one of our volunteer forum
moderators, Donna Buenaventura, had passed. Over the many years that she dedicated her personal time here in our security forums, she always had a great outlook on life, and always posted in a respectful and caring manner while doing her best to help folks
out. She will be greatly missed.
This week's topic comes from Don in Alabama, who has concerns over the
browser cookies stored on his machine. He is curious as to what purpose they serve, if they are a security threat, and if there are any good methods to not only identify them, but to also manage them appropriately.
A few members replied to Don's questions, providing a good starting point to get a better understanding of browser cookies and what they are all about. Member btljooz's answer does a great job of giving the rundown of
what cookies are and how to manage them; many members recommended
CCleaner by Piriform for identifying cookies and removing them, if needed.
If you are an expert on cookies (not the chocolate chip kind) and would like to share additional advice with all of us in regards to this topic,
please step on in and let us know. The more that is shared, the
more we can all learn. Thanks for all those contributions. Have a
Q: Privacy concerns over browser cookies in my system With all the concerns about privacy that have been in the news lately, it
occurred to me that I have literally hundreds of cookies on my desktop and
laptop computers with no way of knowing where they came from, or any idea
what purpose they serve. Is there a program that will list the file names
of the cookies, show the Web sites they originated from, and describe
their function? I suspect I have at least a few I would prefer to get rid
of. Maybe an overall lesson on what browser cookies are, the purpose they
serve, and if they are dangerous or not? Thanks!
Q: Online browsing speeds deteriorating over time; what could it be? Over the last year or so, my computer has gotten slower and slower
when browsing the Web. I feel like getting a page to load takes four
times as long as it did just two years ago. I have plenty of free hard
drive space and 3GB of RAM. I'm running Windows XP and my machine is
about 5 years old. My antivirus and antispyware are all up-to-date.
For browsing, I use Internet Explorer 8 most of the time. My friend
recommended Firefox; I gave that a try, but I found it was even
slower. What could have changed? Are Web pages these days getting
heavier? Do I need to clean out my hard drive or something else? Maybe
it's my broadband speed--is there a way to test that? What could it
possibly be, as I'm out of ideas? Please help, it's getting to the
point where going online is not so enjoyable anymore!