Protect Yourself From Third Party Cookies!

Cookies are fairly benign insofar as web sites go… IF they are used only by the web site that you have gone to, in order to help the site itself know that you have moved from point “A” to point “B” within the same site. However, if a third party site, say one that has an advertisement, or banner ad, on that web site sets a cookie on your browser, THEN that cookie could be used to track you to other sites that they also advertise on, thus tracking your movements! Evil alert! Evil alert!

How can you prevent this? Set your Firefox Browser to accept ONLY cookies from the current website, NOT from third parties! Go into “Tools”, then select “Options”, then click on “Privacy”, now check the box shown in the image below:


Firefox Privacy Tip

See? The box marked “For the originating site web only.” This option is not turned on by default. You HAVE to set it yourself. There you go! You are now harder to track, and therefore, safer on the web!

And, if you MUST use Microsoft Internet Explorer, then do this: Go to “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, “Advanced”, then check on “Override automatic cookie handling”, and select “Accept” for First-party cookies, and “Block” for Third-party cookies.

SpamPoison: Weird, but Interesting!

OK, so spammers have “bots” that scan web sites for e-mail addresses and add them to their lists that they then sell to other spammers for high fees and them use these lists to send out tons of spam! “What if,” someone said, “What if… we provide the bots a link that will generate tons of useless e-mail addresses (on their OWN spamming domains) that will ‘pollute’ their lists, making them huge, unmanagable, and unusable?” Well, that is the idea behind “SpamPoison”… you set it up as a link on your web site, or blog, and enjoy the fact that spammers will be harvesting bogus addresses and causing them trouble. It does have a certain poetic symmetry doesn’t it?

SpamPoison

Ranked Number 12! (At this moment!)

On PodcastAlley, at this very moment in time, the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” podcast is rated number 12 in the “Technology” area! Dewd! (I know that it is early in the month, and I know that it may be a bit of a fluke, but I am going to enjoy it while I can!)

Go to this link, search for “Dr. Bill” and vote for me! (Please! I need the ego stroking!)

PodcastAlley

Your comments are posted on the site, so be nice!

Other rankings at the same moment in history in Technology: Number 6: Diggnation, Number 8: This Week in Tech, Number 11: CommandN

Too Good! What Windows is REALLY Worth!

OK, so I was minding my own business, scanning on digg.com for what was happenin’ in the Cyberworld, and I ran across a note that someone was selling Windows on eBay for a penny! It was Windows 95 on CD-ROM (Upgrade Installation Disk,) and sure enough, it was selling for a starting bid of one penny! However, what was just too cool… was that there were ZERO bids!

OK, OK, I know it IS just Windows 95, and an Upgrade Version at that… but it was SO worth a snicker!

OpenOffice 2.0 is HERE!

It is finally official! OpenOffice 2.0 is out, and it rocks! In case you have been living under a rock somewhere, OpenOffice is a really great, and totally FREE Open Source Office Suite that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux! This release has many things to recommend it, especially the addition of it’s own database (similar to Access.) As before, it will read and write all Microsoft Office formats. You owe it to yourself to download and use this new editon! Here is the link:

OpenOffice 2.0

This will also be our official Geek Software of the Week recommendation!

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