Consumers controlling cookies

JupiterResearch has some surprising findings regarding cookies.

Based on a survey of 2,337 U.S. respondents, the study finds that 17 percent of Internet users delete cookies on a weekly basis. Approximately 12 percent do so on a monthly basis, and 10 percent make it a daily habit.

"For some reason, consumers have identified cookies incorrectly as spyware," he added. "Consumers don't understand what cookies do."

The report found 28 percent of Internet users are selectively rejecting third party cookies, such as those placed by online ad networks. One company researchers interviewed said the number of visitors blocking third-party cookies has increased from less than three percent in January 2003 to 14 percent of visitors in January 2005. Peterson suggested site owners should turn instead to first-party cookies as a standard.

I personally have trouble believing that people ACTUALLY do this. I would like to see more data from online sources that rely on cookies. JupiterResearch has recognized this issue, and over at their blogs, analyst David Schatsky says that they talked to a number of web operators that corroborated this information.

Posted by rshah on March 15, 2005| Comments (0)


F5 files patent, lawsuits on Web session persistence

F5 files patent, lawsuits on Web session persistence
F5 Networks has been awarded a patent for its Cookie Persistence technology and has filed an infringement lawsuit against three companies for violating the patent. The Seattle company has been awarded U.S. patent number 6,473,802, entitled "Method and System for Storing Load Balancing Information with an HTTP cookie."

Posted by rshah on March 25, 2003| Comments (0)


New Outlook to give spammers the boot

New Outlook to give spammers the boot
When content is downloaded in spam e-mail it can act as what is known as a "Web beacon," telling the sender that the e-mail address is in fact valid, a technique used by spammers. Viewing the message in a preview pane without opening it is enough to trigger the Web beacon, analysts said. The beacon can lead to more unwanted mail from the original sender and, potentially, from other spammers who have access to the same mailing list.

Posted by rshah on November 01, 2002| Comments (0)


Clash of Internet Privacy Policies

Clash of Internet Privacy Policies
AS more people adopt the latest version of Microsoft's market-dominant Internet Explorer Web browser, its privacy features are creating unintended consequences for users, information publishers and advertisers

Posted by rshah on October 22, 2002| Comments (0)


DoublClick to Limit Use of Profiles

DoublClick to Limit Use of Profiles
DoubleClick agreed to pay $450,000 and limit its use of personal information to bring an end to an investigation by 10 states into claims the firm inappropriately profiled computer users. The settlement follows a 30-month probe of DoubleClick Inc.'s use of millions of electronic tags called "cookies" to track, on behalf of clients, what Web sites individual computer users visited and whether they clicked on online banner ads.

Posted by rshah on August 27, 2002| Comments (0)


AOL's AIM Puts Browser Security in Danger

AOL's AIM Puts Browser Security in Danger
The installation process of AIM on a PC covertly forces Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) browsers to accept "Welcome to America Online" at free.aol.com as a "Trusted site," according to an article in Security Wire Digest. When a Web site is in the trusted zone, the user is not alerted when a cookie or file is downloaded to a user's PC.

Posted by rshah on April 29, 2002| Comments (0)


http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,52115,00.html

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,52115,00.html
MSN Hotmail users, guard your cookies. A simple technique for accessing Microsoft's free e-mail service without a password is in the wild and apparently being exploited. The trick involves capturing a copy of the victim's browser cookies file. Once the perpetrator gains two key Hotmail cookies, there's no way to lock him out because at Hotmail, cookies trump even passwords.

Posted by rshah on April 26, 2002| Comments (0)


Is your e-mail watching you?

Is your e-mail watching you?
Web sites have long planted bits of code called "cookies" on consumers' hard drives to tailor Internet pages for returning visitors and better target ads. Now, enhanced messages that share the look and feel of Web pages are being used to deliver the same bits of code through e-mail, in many cases without regard for safeguards that have been developed to protect consumer privacy on the Web.

Posted by rshah on April 08, 2002| Comments (0)


DoubleClick nearing privacy settlements

DoubleClick nearing privacy settlements
A federal court on Friday granted DoubleClick preliminary approval to settle all state and federal class-action lawsuits that charged it violated the privacy of Web surfers.

Posted by rshah on March 31, 2002| Comments (0)


EU votes to restrict cookies

EU votes to restrict cookies
The European Parliament voted to adopt an amendment to the draft directive on electronic data collection and privacy to restrict the use of cookies. If the vote is ratified, Web sites will have to explicitly ask users if they want to accept cookies--a move that the advertising industry says could be damaging to business.

Posted by rshah on November 15, 2001| Comments (0)


Microsoft Warns Of Browser Cookie-Eating Attack

Microsoft Warns Of Browser Cookie-Eating Attack
Users of Microsoft's browser and e-mail programs could be vulnerable to having their browser cookies stolen or modified due to a new security bug in Internet Explorer (IE), the company warned today.

Posted by rshah on November 09, 2001| Comments (0)


AOL to Use Cookies to Target Ads

AOL to Use Cookies to Target Ads
America Online plans to begin using anonymous Web bugs and cookies for the first time to enable the company to better target advertisements to its members.

Posted by rshah on October 05, 2001| Comments (0)


Ebay Insists On Giving Everyone A Cookie

Ebay Insists On Giving Everyone A Cookie
Starting today, all visitors to Ebay.com will have to accept "cookie" files from the auction giant in order to use the popular site, an Ebay official confirmed.

Posted by rshah on September 10, 2001| Comments (0)


The Browser as a Cookie-Control Key

The Browser as a Cookie-Control Key
Browser companies have tried to placate consumers who dislike cookies while serving the Internet companies that depend on cookies. Netscape and Microsoft have taken different approaches to building privacy protection into their product designs.

Posted by rshah on September 05, 2001| Comments (0)


Digital Village: Caustic cookies

Digital Village: Caustic cookies
by Hal Berghel, Regrettably, the community of computer scientists of which I am a part has been overly relaxed in the deployment of technology without careful scrutiny of the long-term implications of our work. Cookies are but one example of the technological shortcomings of our Digital Village.

Posted by rshah on September 05, 2001| Comments (0)


The Cookie Eaters: Cookie Collection Project

The Cookie Eaters: Cookie Collection Project
This site is devoted to the analysis of cookie authentication schemes. You can help us in this endeavor by donating your cookies. Our objective is to catalog and analyze the various ways of authenticating users on the Web. While there are many ways to implement authentication, we have found that cookie-based authentication schemes are the the least understood.

Posted by rshah on September 05, 2001| Comments (0)


As Big PC Brother Watches, Users Encounter Frustration

As Big PC Brother Watches, Users Encounter Frustration
Businesses have tried to explain consumers' unwillingness to take steps to protect privacy by saying people do not truly care. But those who study the issue say the real picture is more complex.

Posted by rshah on September 05, 2001| Comments (0)


History of Cookies by the NY Times

History of Cookies by the NY Times

Posted by rshah on September 04, 2001| Comments (0)


'Web Bugs' Are Tracking Use of Internet

'Web Bugs' Are Tracking Use of Internet
M any people who have personal Web pages are unknowingly tracking people who visit and sending the information to third parties, according to a new report.

Posted by rshah on August 14, 2001| Comments (0)


The cookie fuss

The cookie fuss
It's relatively simple for Web site designers to build their applications to work perfectly well with browsers that don't accept cookies; doing so would avoid a technology that many consumers either don't trust or don't understand. Applications can pass state identifiers in URLs or in hidden form fields and thus avoid cookies altogether. We advocate that Web sites switch to URL state encoding and fully disclose what user information is collected at their sites.

Posted by rshah on June 27, 2001| Comments (0)


IE 6 beta clamps down on privacy

IE 6 beta clamps down on privacy
As Microsoft puts the finishing touches on an upgrade to its popular browser, Internet advertising companies are racing to ensure that their ads and cookies are compatible with it.

Posted by rshah on June 18, 2001| Comments (0)


Privacy group shines light on Web bugs

Privacy group shines light on Web bugs
The Privacy Foundation released free software that helps consumers detect when a site or e-mail contains a Web bug--a barely visible tracking tag used mainly by marketers to monitor consumer habits online. Consumers can download the software, a browser add-on for Microsoft's Internet Explorer, at the site Bugnosis. The software does not work with other browsers, see also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on June 07, 2001| Comments (0)


HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics

HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics
An excellent history of cookies by David Kristol

Posted by rshah on May 15, 2001| Comments (0)


MS Gets Privacy-Happy With New IE

MS Gets Privacy-Happy With New IE
Using a new standard protocol called the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), the browser will automatically be able to read the privacy policies associated with cookies, which will be blocked or allowed through settings that users select.

Posted by rshah on May 15, 2001| Comments (0)


Defending the cookie monster

Defending the cookie monster
There are lots worse things in the world than Web sites leaving cookies on your computer.

Posted by rshah on May 07, 2001| Comments (0)


Legal Victory for Doubleclick

Legal Victory for Doubleclick
A federal judge has ruled that an advertising company's conduct in gathering detailed information about consumers through the use of "cookies" -- small files containing identification numbers -- and other technology for the purpose of targeting online ads does not violate federal laws.

Posted by rshah on April 06, 2001| Comments (0)


Technique to Manage Cookies Using Opera

Technique to Manage Cookies Using Opera
Opera 5.02 has a great feature called "throw away new cookies on exit". It will accept all cookies, but when you exit it tosses them. So, you set up cookies for all the sites you want them for (like slashdot), exit opera (it only saves cookies on exit), check them using Opera File Explorer (see below), then start it back up and check off the "throw away new cookies on exit" option under File~~Preferences~~Security.

Posted by rshah on March 22, 2001| Comments (0)


Web Bug Report Finds Microsoft and Doubleclick leading buggers

Web Bug Report Finds Microsoft and Doubleclick leading buggers
See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on March 02, 2001| Comments (0)


Gnutella swapping cookies, too

Gnutella swapping cookies, too
Web surfers trading free music and other digital goods over one of the Web's most popular file-swapping networks are sharing much more: sensitive data files that could expose them to identity theft.

Posted by rshah on February 09, 2001| Comments (0)


How Companies Can Track Your Movements on the Internet

How Companies Can Track Your Movements on the Internet
Banner ad networks such as DoubleClick are now starting to track users, not only on a single site, but across many sites. Here is a demonstration of how it can be done.

Posted by rshah on February 02, 2001| Comments (0)


Web Bugs

Web Bugs
See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on January 05, 2001| Comments (0)


Tips & tricks for dealing with Cookies, Caches, & Web Bugs

Tips & tricks for dealing with Cookies, Caches, & Web Bugs

Posted by rshah on December 06, 2000| Comments (0)


E-mail Tracking Technology Raises Privacy Concerns

E-mail Tracking Technology Raises Privacy Concerns
Marketing companies now regularly keep tabs on which prospective customers open their e-mail solicitations, and at what time of day, arguing that consumers benefit because the information is used to devise more personalized promotions. But privacy advocates contend that such practices open a new window of surveillance on a traditionally private sphere of communications.

Posted by rshah on November 22, 2000| Comments (0)


Junkbuster blocks unwanted Web content

Junkbuster blocks unwanted Web content

Posted by rshah on September 26, 2000| Comments (0)


AdSubtract stops info-stealing cookies

AdSubtract stops info-stealing cookies

Posted by rshah on September 26, 2000| Comments (0)


Web Bugs in Microsoft Word and Excel

Web Bugs in Microsoft Word and Excel
See also, Slashdot

Posted by rshah on August 30, 2000| Comments (0)


TRUSTe Caught in Privacy Flap Over Cookies

TRUSTe Caught in Privacy Flap Over Cookies
See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on August 28, 2000| Comments (0)


The third party loophole in privacy policies

The third party loophole in privacy policies

Posted by rshah on August 04, 2000| Comments (0)


Coremetrics use of web bugs

Coremetrics use of web bugs
Slashdot discussion

Posted by rshah on August 04, 2000| Comments (0)


Adding Cookie Control Features to Internet Explorer

Adding Cookie Control Features to Internet Explorer
See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on August 01, 2000| Comments (0)


US has banned the use of cookies on government websites

US has banned the use of cookies on government websites

Posted by rshah on June 28, 2000| Comments (0)


Tracking of Web Surfers

Tracking of Web Surfers

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Novell's Digital Me

Novell's Digital Me
See also, Slashdot

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Doubleclick and Abacus

Doubleclick and Abacus
See also, Slashdot

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Links on Cookies

Links on Cookies

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


MSIE's Cookies Are Public

MSIE's Cookies Are Public

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


How Marketers Use Cookies

How Marketers Use Cookies

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Cookies in Email

Cookies in Email
See also, Richard Smith's web site and Slashdot

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (1)


EPIC's complaint against Doubleclick

EPIC's complaint against Doubleclick

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Background

Background

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Doubleclick backs down

Doubleclick backs down

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Cookies, Ad Banners, and Privacy

Cookies, Ad Banners, and Privacy

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


Cookies in Clear GIFs

Cookies in Clear GIFs

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


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