Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 12:17:44 -0500
From: Gareth Branwyn GarethB2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Cookies
Do you mean the downloaded copies of Telnet and what not that Web sites
send you automatically--or something else?
Cookies are preference files that a website keeps on *your* computer. For
instance, if you set up an account on the New York Times site, the password
that you've asked them to remember is stored on your end via a cookie. If you
define a series of preferences on a customizable website, all that info lives
in a cookie file. Cookies have been somewhat controversial. Users were
concerned in the beginning that other websites might be able to steal your
cookies and learn things about your online haunts and viewing habits. After
calm people's fears, this practice has continued (and likely increased). If
you want to see how ubiquitous cookies are, there's a preference in Navigator
(and I assume Explorer) that asks your permission before storing any cookies.
You'll quickly become tired of hitting the "OK" button.