DPR/Amazon Spyware?

Started Aug 1, 2007 | Discussions thread
OP Bob Blount Veteran Member • Posts: 7,457
Re: DPR/Amazon Spyware?

The rest of the World knows that spyware is illegally placed in cookie files that report Internet activity to the web site placing the illegal spyware. Your lengthy definition is correct for a non-spyware cookie which is the intent as Phil explains later.

walbridge wrote:

From Wikipedia

HTTP cookies, sometimes known as web cookies or just cookies, are
parcels of text sent by a server to a web browser and then sent back
unchanged by the browser each time it accesses that server. HTTP
cookies are used for authenticating, tracking, and maintaining
specific information about users, such as site preferences and the
contents of their electronic shopping carts. The term "cookie" is
derived from "magic cookie," a well-known concept in Unix computing
which inspired both the idea and the name of HTTP cookies.

Cookies have been of concern for Internet privacy, since they can be
used for tracking browsing behavior. As a result, they have been
subject to legislation in various countries such as the United States
and in the European Union. Cookies have also been criticised because
the identification of users they provide is not always accurate and
because they could potentially be used for network attacks. Some
alternatives to cookies exist, but each has its own drawbacks.

Cookies are also subject to a number of misconceptions, mostly based
on the erroneous notion that they are computer programs. In fact,
cookies are simple pieces of data unable to perform any operation by
themselves. In particular, they are neither spyware nor viruses,
despite the detection of cookies from certain sites by many
anti-spyware products.

Most modern browsers allow users to decide whether to accept cookies,
but rejection makes some websites unusable. For example, shopping
baskets implemented using cookies do not work if cookies are rejected.

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