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Windows 7: Canadian Pharmacy Bot in Yahoo Mail

05 Mar 2016   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Their are good and bad cookies. Like real eatable cookies they come in different flavors.

I personally use SAS several times a day to check for cookies. Seldom do I find any and if I do I remove them from my systems. When I do find cookies they are tracking cookies. I know that keep cookies off my systems is not the answer to all security needs or problems. It is a good starting place.

I don't know if tracking cookies can lead to larger security problems but what I do know, if they are not on my system they can't hurt my systems.


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06 Mar 2016   #12
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
And yet, getting rid of the asscociated cookies gets rid of the spam. I'm not saying the cookies directly put the spam onto a computer but they are part of the overall process.
Once again, cookies have nothing to do with spam, they are completely unrelated. Even yet, unrelated events can still happen at the same time, not meaning that those events are cause-and-consequence. Sorry to say you, but "cookies generating spam" is a myth, plain and simple.

You can imagine a cookie like a text file you put on your desktop, written by a website on a browser when you visit it and read back by that same website on that same browser when you visit it afterwards. How can that generate spam?

A few references to back up my words:
Fact and Fiction: The Truth About Browser Cookies
http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/image...364content.pdf
Myths and Facts about Website Cookies - Website Cookies
Cookie Myths - Informed Choices - Because Privacy Is More Than Just A Policy
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06 Mar 2016   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
And yet, getting rid of the asscociated cookies gets rid of the spam. I'm not saying the cookies directly put the spam onto a computer but they are part of the overall process.
Once again, cookies have nothing to do with spam, they are completely unrelated. Even yet, unrelated events can still happen at the same time, not meaning that those events are cause-and-consequence. Sorry to say you, but "cookies generating spam" is a myth, plain and simple.

You can imagine a cookie like a text file you put on your desktop, written by a website on a browser when you visit it and read back by that same website on that same browser when you visit it afterwards. How can that generate spam?

A few references to back up my words:
Fact and Fiction: The Truth About Browser Cookies
http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/image...364content.pdf
Myths and Facts about Website Cookies - Website Cookies
Cookie Myths - Informed Choices - Because Privacy Is More Than Just A Policy
This quote from your first link: "Fact: Cookies are Used by Advertisers to Track Sites You Visit" (end quote). Advertisers use this data to direct targeted advertising to your computer and, if the cookie has you email address included, the email address will be used by the tracker to send spam. Also, that email address will most likely be sold to other spammers.

As I've already said, I have gotten rid of serial spam by deleting a tracking cookie several times and kept it from coming back by permanently blocking the cookie. The most recent one I blocked was for the daily Canadian Pharmacy spam I had been receiving. Even though I normally block cookies when a website tries to put one on my computer (assuming it's not one I do need), that one slud through. SAS found it and deleted it. Once I knew the URL of the website that planted the cookie, I blocked it. No more Canadian Pharmacy spam.

Most cookies are harmless and many are benficial but to say that no spam is caused by cookies is flat wrong.
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06 Mar 2016   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Cookies are used to gather information. Exactly what cookie gathers what information, I really don't know. If one remove the cookies it will solve the problem until the next ones come along.
I have found out, at least in my opinion that if one has tracking cookies and does a little online shopping; what ever they were shopping for some how you get a bunch of email wanting to sell you the same things you were shopping for. It might be impossible but it has happened to me.

If you notice when you log off this forum it states something to the effect that all cookies have been removed. Very nice and thoughtful idea.
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