Last night, my dad sent me a link to an article online. Because he’s got 2 kids that work heavily with technology (my brother is an IT professional), he’s informed enough to know to check with us before taking what he reads about technology as fact. Or getting excited over any “warnings”.
The gem he found came from the Wall Street Journal and was republished by Yahoo Finance. Some poor idjit wrote about cookies.
Some of you may not see the big deal. Some of you may read the article and fall over laughing.
Yes, in 2010, people are still making a big deal about cookies. This was a huge deal back in the ‘90s, when no one really knew what a cookie was. It was all over the news and seemed to pop up every month.
So, what’s a cookie?
I cookie is a text file, or sometimes just info stored in a file in your browser directory, that is passed from a website to your computer. It is a very small amount of information. It generally contains a string of numbers that only makes sense to the web server that gave you the cookie.
The cookie can not run files. It can not take over your computer. It can not cause you to get hacked or your bank account taken over.
I’ve been using the Internet for 15 years or so…never had a cookie problem once. In fact, I like my cookies.
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