How To Clear Your
by Tim Fortune
November 22nd, 2004 2:15 am
What are cookies?
Cookies per se are not bad things as many computer users may think. Cookies actualy provide a valuable service to web surfers. For instance, one thing they do is provide a site you visit with information that identifies you as a previous visitor. This is a good thing because often times this information will prevent pop-ups from reappearing on subsequent visits. After all why would you want to keep seeing the same information over and over each time you visit a site.
Cookies are small text files that are created by some Websites and stored on your hard drive.
This is what a basic cookie looks like as it is stored on your computer:
This is whatr you would see: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see by the file extension - the .txt - part, this is only a basic text file. Harmless enough. This particular cookie I picked up at http://weather.com. they have a cool tool that will place a little icon in your system tray that shows the outdoor temperature.
Now inside the txt file is the information that weather.com will use next time I visit. Here is what this particular cookie says:
RMID 4590e9db41a176f0 weather.com/ 1536 3567004032 30124358 500667808 29675602 * TData weather.com/ 1024 227494016 29675804 554247808 29675602 * UserPreferences 3| |1006582464|real|fast|-1|-1|-1|-1|-1|+| |Tim| | |-1| Undeclared| | |i8f1vGElXlMWqof6Vnxoh7RPQ| | weather.com/ 1536 1977309824 29749031 986995920 29675605 * LocID 59102 weather.com/ 1536 2787309824 29749031 1797355920 29675605 *