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Cookies and privacy: should you be concerned?

Did you know that your computer can be cleaned? Most software stores information about how you use your computer: the documents you have accessed, the messages sent, etc. Web sites place cookies on your machine that contain information about your browsing. Therefore anyone is able to see what you have been doing. What's more, this stored information can take up a considerable amount of space if you don't deal with it regularly. What is a cookie? What are cookies for?

A cookie is a simple text file that is placed on your computer. It is not a virus, nor is it spyware. While browsing, some sites store information about your surfing habits in a cookie. For example, the language in which you chose to view a Web page can be stored in a cookie. If you chose Spanish, then you will automatically be taken to the Spanish version of the site the next time that you connect. We can say that the cookie is the site's memory of your visit.

Unfortunately, cookies don't just have positive aspects. They are also great for merchant sites and advertising networks. They make it possible to compile information in real-time that marketing studies can only provide on a month-by-month basis.

Of course, it is possible to delete cookies within your browser. But this operation can quickly become repetitive and fastidious. A second, more radical solution is to totally refuse the presence of cookies on your computer. But in this case you would not be able to make certain on-line purchases. Worse still, some sites do not allow you access if you do not accept their cookie. That could seriously disturb your browsing.

A third solution is to use a cookie 'muncher' or cookie filter. They perform regular, automatic clean-ups of your machine. This is the case of Window Washer, for example. This cleaning agent is the complete weapon against spies and over-curious Web sites. It lets you set up personalized deletion procedures it is you who indicates which files and folders are to be deleted. Another powerful tool is GhostSurf Pro. It has a way to defend against every potential type of abuse, and also has tools to protect your identity on-line.

So it is not the cookie itself that is dangerous, but the use that some ill-intentioned people can make of it.

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> Tracks Eraser Pro
Your computer is spying on you now! Anyone using your computer can see where you have been on Internet. Tracks Eraser Pro is designed to protect you by cleaning up all the tracks of Internet activities on your computer. With only one click, Tracks Eraser allows you to erase the cache, cookies, history, typed URLs. Tracks Eraser works with Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL, MSN, Opera.
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> Tech group cooks up wired kitchen
Frazzled working families could soon have some techie help in their kitchen, thanks to a new test project by a group of companies that includes Hewlett-Packard and IBM. The Internet Home Alliance, a group hoping to expand the market for funky connected devices into the home, is set to unveil a prototype of a Web-connected kitchen that lets people control their appliances remotely.
The test setup, due to be ready in two weeks, will consist of an Internet-enabled Polara refrigerated range from Whirlpool, a "flipscreen entertainment center" from Icebox, integration services from IBM, a printer from HP, customer services from Sears, Roebuck, and Internet grocery services from Peapod.

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