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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by chas2, Aug 27, 2006.

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  1. chas2

    chas2 Thread Starter

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    I have a compaq Presario Laptop v5000 Windows xt
    I am retired and not too smart on computers.
    I understand cookies I think, but my question is this:

    How should I set my computer?
    Should I accept all cookies?
    What about first party and third party.
    If I block anything, then I can't reach it.

    Explain clearly please. Thankyou
     
  2. kiwiguy

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  3. RT

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    You are smarter than you give yourself credit for simply by asking the question. You are obviously concerned about security and privacy issues, good for you.

    I'm fast approaching the "retired" status myself. (So, thank god for the spell checker :) )

    "Should I accept all cookies?"
    NO, says I.

    "What about first party and third party?"
    Accept first party, but not third party cookies, says I.

    This should allow you to reach most sites, some actually require cookies.

    If a website requires a third party cookie, you probably don't really need to see what else they have to offer, and you'll be less likely to pick up an uninvited download (like a trojan or other type of computer virus).
    Safe, respected sites won't require that third party cookies are enabled and you will still have access to the full content of the website.

    There are also a few other basic things you can do to protect yourself online. Ask about anti virus and anti spyware protection if you are not running such programs.

    Hope this makes sense to you.

    Remember our motto, "there's no such thing as a stupid question, but they're the easiest to answer" :)
     
  4. thecoalman

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    My Solution, check overide automatic cookie handling, block third party cookies, block first party cookies, allow session cookies.

    You can allow cookies on a site by site basis. In IE when a site sends you a cookie and it's blocked there will be a icon down in the lower right next to Internet that looks like a do not enter sign. Double click it which will bring up the privacy panel with the blocked cookies and sites listed. Right click the site(s) you want to allow. This will allow cookies from that site only afterwards.

    Very few sites need cookies, usually banking, retailers and forums like this one.

    To remove current cookies and start fresh go to tools>internet options> delete temporay internet files and delete cookies.
     
  5. chas2

    chas2 Thread Starter

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    I forgot to ask. I get a lot of email from people wanting to loan me money or wanting me to invest in something. Would this have anything to do with COOKIES?
     
  6. thecoalman

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    No that would have to do with giving your email address and whoever you gave it to shared it with the spam lists or by making posting it somwhere (ex: if you posted it here in a message). If for example you listed here spam bots will pick it up and add it to their list. Once your on the list you're on it forever....
     
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