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Q: How dangerous are cookies?

A: Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer. I frequently hear people worried about how the cookies are filling up their computer. Any computer that was bought new in the past few years would require 20,000,000 cookies to fill the hard-drive. That figure would fill a 20 Gigabyte hard drive. Needless to say, a lifetime of browsing 24x7x365 would not fill your hard drive. Far from it.

Typically what cookies are designed to do is to remember that you visited a particullar site and store an ID that allows you to shop on-line or keeps secure information needed to identify you when you log on to a web site. These are typically harmless bits of information, only accessable by the site that requested that your computer save this information.

Cookies also have an expiration date that lets your computer know when to delete it.

Looking here at my own computer, I recently did some shopping on Lincoln Mold Company's web site. In the process of placing the order this small piece of information was placed to identify me and connect me to my shooping cart as items were added to it. Here are the contents of that cookie:


A very small amount of information is stored on my computer.

Another use of the cookie is to allow a site to know what advertisements have been displayed on your screen and provide you with new ones. This obviously helps to give you something new to look at next time you visit

If you are worried about what dangerous cookies are on your computer, check out AdAware and SpyBot. These are two good tools to remove any cookies that cross these lines and may threaten the security of your computer.

As long as you are careful as to where you browse and scan often with these two programs (once a month) you will likely have little to no problems with cookies. In the past decade of working on hundreds of computers that are on the Internet, I have seen no instances where a cookie, in and of itself, caused damage or breached security on a computer.


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Computer and Web Site Questions

Q: Why are there no e-mail links on any of the sites you design?

A: In years past, web developers put links to email addresses on web sites because there were very few reliable ways to provide an electronic contact link. That link would tell the browsers computer to open the mail program they use (like Outlook, Outlo... MORE

Q: S3DNews Part 7.1 - Keeping your site's content FRESH:How to make your WEB SITE perform better for your company

A: November 5, 2010

Last time I discussed some of the benefits of using Web
to manage the pages of your site. There are
literally tens of thousands of combinations that can be used
to create a page for... MORE


Q: S3DNews Part 6 - Your site's HOME page:How to make your WEB SITE perform better for your company

A: October 18, 2010

The HOME page on your site has a number of important
roles to fill that effect your site's performance on the
World Wide Web.

One of those roles is that of a Landing Zone. Your
... MORE


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