Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Wiccan site and cookies
Re: Wiccan site and cookies
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 10:09:51 -0400
Rik Bergethon wrote:
><snip. For those of you who
> are not in the know, cookies are relatively harmless digital
> signatures from the site, so that site can "watch" you where
> you travel and which sites you visit, to get a profile of
> your computer usage, your on-line buying habits, or other
> information that some of us may consider private. Just like
> Microsoft, that leaves a digital signature in the serial
> number of your new Windows 98 operating system,which leaves
> your "trace" where ever you go on the internet, ><snip
> What thinks the group?
Glad you asked.
I'm perplexed by arrogant software manufacturers who will
replace .DLL files and make registry changes without
prompting me for a decision as to whether or not I wish to
keep my current version.
It annoys me when I install an AOL or Internet Explorer
update and Microsoft Internet Explorer attempts to become my
It disturbs me when I install a Symantec Software's'
application and it leaves me without an "un-install" option
unless I've bought their "uninstaller" package.
It infuriates me when I upgrade Netscape Navigator and
Netscape installs itself as my email "gateway page"
I think everyone should start their Internet Explorer and
select <VIEW>, <Internet>, <Options>, <Advanced>, scroll
down to "Security" and check either "Prompt before accepting
cookies" or "Disable all cookie use"
I think everyone should go to Netscape Navigator and select
<EDIT>, <Preferences>, <Advanced> and select either "accept
only cookies that get sent back to the originating server"
or, "Disable cookies" AND check the box marked: "Warn me
before accepting a cookie".
Now, I want you to get up out of your chair, go to your
computer, cancel your screen saver, and scream at your
monitor: "I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO ACCEPT
That covers the major religions; UNIX and DOS believers may
not be afforded these protections. YMMV.