Re: Anonymously Browsing (Hate) Sites

Virginia Sellner (
Thu, 7 May 1998 12:57:13 -0600 (MDT)

Thanks, both of you -- Virginia

At 08:53 PM 5/7/98 +0200, Ronald J. Bartle wrote:
>Perhaps one should point out that there is (-like with most things..) a
>down side to disabeling the cookie system.) If you have been
>occasionally clicking at sites that normally need a user name and p.w.
>to get access - the option "authorise site to remember your identity so
>you can log-in in futre without entering the date each time!?" - then
>after carying out the procedure below - this is no longer going to work
>at those site.  Of course the pc guru's out there will say "Well that's
>obvious!" - but ppl asking for tips like the one below - would often not
>be the people who are automatically going to realize all the effects of
>doing so.  Cookies do a number of things.. one of them is to leave a
>trail of where you have been sometimes when It might not be wanted. 
>They also have a number of functions that most ppl would tend to enjoy. 
>There are nowadays a number of sites who _learn_ what you are interested
>in and slant searches etc based on cookie infos.  This might sound very
>"big-brother" but is is quite an old or long established system that (as
>far as I am aware...) first came into wide use with the WAIS system of
>data retrieval - that lost popularity amongst us old-hands when the web
>came along.  Another thing is that some of us like to customize the
>presentation at some of the glitzier sites - to our specific interests. 
>Stuff like <username's> excite page .. or my-yahoo etc where one sets
>the preferences once and the site "knows" whose preferences to use in
>the future.. all tend to be coookie-based stuff.  So - this will not
>mean that ppl really needing to cover thier tracks will not still need
>to - but be aware of the "other side" of the biz. of disabeling cookies.
>ron b.
>Graeme Bacque wrote:
>> wrote:
>> > Maybe someone with Netscape can tell the similar procedure.
>> >
>> > Charles Wilson
>>  1. In Netscape look for the file 'cookies.txt'. Load it into a text editor,
>> delete all except for the first three lines, then save it to disk.
>> 2. In Windows Explorer, right-click on this file, then select
'properties' on the
>> pop-up menu which appears. Check the box marked 'read only.'
>> (You have to execute *both* of the above operations. This works for
Windows 95 - I
>> don't know about Win3x or Mac.)
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