Sunday, September 24, 2006

My hit counter uses tracking cookies

In a previous posting, I had complained about the tracking cookies left on my computer. But when trying to look up a more exact definition of what a tracking cookie actually was than what was given by Norton, I found that the hit counter I use (StatCounter) also uses tracking cookies.

Apparently, tracking cookies are not spyware that track all your internet movements after you exit from their website as I had thought at the time of my previous posting.

The best information I found on tracking cookies (assuming it's true) was from a posting by Dunbar Puppy on Yahoo! Answers which said "tracking cookies can range from sweet and innocent, to the spawn of satan: if you visit seedy sites (porn, free music, free give aways, etc.) you are more likely to get the bad kind (those that 'phone home' to another site that starts sending you spam, pop-up garbage, etc.) one good idea for use in ALL browsers is to disable 3rd party cookies. BROWSER OPEN, ON THE TOP LINE GO TO 'TOOLS'>INTERNET OPTIONS>PRIVACY>ADVANCED: HERE YOU SHOULD CHECKMARK THE LINES 'ALLOW SESSION COOKIES' & 'ACCEPT FIRST PARTY COOKIES': UNDER 3RD PARTY COOKIES, CHECK 'BLOCK.' "

I have re-set my own browser according to Puppy's instructions even as I am typing this and I will report back as to its efficacy in a future posting. (maybe) I had found six more tracking cookies on my computer after tonight's scan.

A site I visited (PC Advisor) said that "StatCounter is a perfectly reputable organisation, and I certainly haven't heard of them using spyware. If they did, the word would soon get about, and they would have no business. They make their money from the advertisers."

I found out about StatCounter from Blogger which had a list of recommended hit counters. I found StatCounter to give the best information and to be the most reliable. You can see the information that Statcounter provides to me by clicking the "View My Stats" link on the bottom of this page or on any page of my other sites (musicalsandconspiracy.com and pornovision).

Pornovision is a screenplay I wrote, not a seedy porn site.

posted: sunday, september 24, 2006, 1:53 AM ET

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