Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 09:27:03 -0800
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: Cookies
On Thu, 6 Nov 1997, Gareth Branwyn wrote:
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).
Which practice? Using cookies legitimately or "other websites stealing
your cookies and learning things about your online haunts and viewing
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.