Spybot and Searchmbilecomputing.com

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I recently installed spybot on my computer and set it to "Display dialog when blocking" bad cookies, etc. When I am on the searchcomputing.com website, I noticed that the frequency of messages informing me that "bad" cookies are being blocked increases significantly. My question is why this is so and how big a risk am I being exposed to. The common cookies are from Double Click and Avenue A.
ASKED: December 14, 2004  11:59 AM
UPDATED: December 16, 2004  5:27 AM

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Even this site is trying to track visitor’s usage and actions. I visit here and get page cannot be found frames all over since I use local hostfile to resolve such sites as you mention. The advertisements are not able to pull in the unwanted pages since it resolves to my local host.

I personally do not accept cookies from all these ad tracking sites and wish this site did not use them.

Bobby

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  • Bobkberg
    I think some clarification is in order here. Not all cookies are created equal. The original purpose of cookies (which is still valid) is to maintain the "state of connection" through multiple clicks and such since load balancing and and site balancing virtually guarrantee that you'll never get the same physical server twice, and HTTP makes the assumption of an essentially stateless nature anyway - once the page is loaded, the server "forgets" about you. Additionally, cookies are used to track where you've been and how (from where) you got there. However - as far as spyware goes, those are really on the innocuous end of the scale. Cookies can also be used to track other things - like user data and such. I'm not overly concerned with cookies given all the other stuff wandering around out there, and a lot of sites won't do business with you if you've got cookies disabled. What you might consider is to disable cookies for the Internet in general, and then put sites like this one (as long as they continue to behave themselves) in your Trusted Site group (or whatever it's called - depending on your browser). Then you can further tune things to your own liking. At the risk of seeming harsh - the Internet is what it is, so you use it to your level of comfort - trying to be aware, cautious, protected and skeptical as needed. Somewhat off-subject, I run WinPatrol, and was surprised the other day when it notified me that a registry change to insert a .dll BHO from aureate.com - and I had not even been browsing since my last reboot. I'd love to know where that one snuck in. Bob
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  • MrWizard
    Excellent advice bokberg. I use WinPatrol too. It is very good at blocking most of the nastier cookies. I also use the TeaTimer plug-in for Spybot. All of the above...plus weekly scans with Spybot & AdAware keep my machine clean of the junk.
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  • Masterlarry
    Tough subject because there is no clear cut answer for everybody. I refuse all Searchmobile cookies as well, but can also understand the "not all cookies are created equal" viewpoint as well. Not all computer users are equal also holds true. If a website wants to know how I arrived at their website for example, I would rather they ask me by other methods. I don't really believe they need to know how or why I arrived at their site every time I visit that site. If I go to Ebay, I go there to buy or sell, if I come to this site I come to learn, etc etc, enough said. I believe the information via cookies or whatever I choose to deliver to websites is on a "need to know basis" and they usually "don't NEED to know". And if that lack of my browsing history makes that particular websites job of selling goods, targeting potential customers or somehow creates more strain on their servers etc, then I'm sorry but thats life. Computer users range from the novice to us "so called experts", (funny how often us experts slip up and get our systems occasionally infesteded with spyware and or virii). Given all the methods which novice or expert users can become infested, infected or whatever, I would think sites like Techtarget, Searchmobile, etc, which supposedly are here to educate and protect their customers privacy would not use third party tracking cookies. If " Aunt Maggies delicious fictitous marvellous cookies.com, run out of her kitchen in Anytown Usa, doesnt have the time, knowledge or resources to use anything but 3rd party sites to collect her info thats a whole different ball game. The overwhelming majority of my repair work to other peoples computer is cleaning up all the f****ing (insert your own word as you see fit), on their systems and I believe larger more informed companies like this site for example should take more responsibility for their tracking methods. There are other alternatives folks. Sorry about my 40 page treatise above, Lol. Larry
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  • Cazulp
    I agree with what MasterLarry has to say. The original concept of cookie use has gone way beyond control to the extent its impossible to know which to trust and which not to trust. I have to recommend the browser settings for 50,000 people in a large organization while trying to balance security with useability. If I had my choice I would block all third party cookies but that inhibits some legitimate use of the Internet. I do not think there is any easy answer to the cookie issue. Cazulp
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