Windows 10: Are cookies tracking me?

Discus and support Are cookies tracking me? in Browsers and Email to solve the problem; I use Google Chrome but I don't regularly clear my cookies so as a consequence I have a looong list of saved cookies. Is it possible that many of these... Discussion in 'Browsers and Email' started by Kol12, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Kol12 Win User

    Are cookies tracking me?

    I use Google Chrome but I don't regularly clear my cookies so as a consequence I have a looong list of saved cookies. Is it possible that many of these sites that I don't even regularly visit are still tracking my web browsing? Should I consider clearing my cookies and making a whitelist?

    Kol12, Oct 5, 2016
  2. BrianNel Win User

    Tracking cookies

    Over the past few months , a plethora of tracking cookies has appeared on the web! Even some fairly innocuous sites which I occasionally visited over many years have started dumping tracking cookies on my pc! What is happening? AVG quarantines these cookies
    as minor threats. Is there some way to prevent these cookies being dumped on my pc? It is a nuisance! Thanks guys
    BrianNel, Oct 5, 2016
  3. quietman7 - MVP, Oct 5, 2016
  4. Samuria Win User

    Are cookies tracking me?

    Cookies are mainly used to make life simpler for you a its stores on your pc not the server your preferences for the site so you dont have to enter info every time you visit they are not normally any problem delete them and you may have to answer question again on your next visit or set thing up again depending on the site
    Samuria, Oct 5, 2016
  5. Cliff S New Member
    Cliff S, Oct 5, 2016
  6. Kol12 Win User
    Quite a lot to know about cookies. What are the main ones to be security conscious of? Third party tracking cookies? I'm using the Disconnect extension that minimizes cookie tracking I believe...

    At this stage, for someone who hasn't cleared cookies in a long time is it good practice to do so every now an then?
    Kol12, Oct 8, 2016
  7. Cliff S New Member
    That really depends on you internet habits.
    If you pretty much just go to the same sites, all the time and trust them, you don't need to worry about it, as the next time you go any where, they will be back/recreated.

    Being that I use Ccleaner I just save/whitelist the cookies from sites I frequent by moving them to the right side, such as Ten Forums and ALL Microsoft's sites and services, and leave the ones I do not want or need on the left side, to be deleted when I finally run the cleaner.

    Are cookies tracking me? [​IMG]
    Cliff S, Oct 8, 2016
  8. Kol12 Win User

    Are cookies tracking me?

    What are the cookies that ccleaner lists on the left side to be whitelisted? There's no where near the amount of cookies shown here as I actually have stored in my browser.
    Kol12, Oct 8, 2016
  9. Cliff S New Member
    Ccleaner shows cookies for all the installed browsers it recognizes, in my case Edge, IE11, Firefox, and Chrome.
    All new cookies are on the left and will be deleted when I run Ccleaner, unless, I move them to the right side to save them.

    Here is a list of the ones I prefer to keep(you will notice the majority have to do with Windows & Microsoft:

    Code: #AppContainer 2016_MicrosoftOfficeOnline_8wekyb3d8bbwe C:\WINDOWS\help\mui\0409\mmc.chm:: bambit.kabel-email blog.malwarebytes blog.malwarebytesQTQAN14W buildfeed channel9.msdn en.wikipedia forums.malwarebytes gizmodo gmic gmic.sourceforge knowledgebase.macrium news.softpedia polarityweb.weebly secure.flashtalking sourceforge support.amd support.lenovo support.mozilla sway userstyles winaero ~~local~~/f:/downloads[/quote]
    Cliff S, Oct 8, 2016
  10. Kol12 Win User
    I thought I could go through the list of locally stored cookies through Chrome's settings (which is a lot) delete the ones I don't want and also use that as a reference for sites I want to whitelist...

    I'm mainly worried about any third party tracking cookies that could be active, I've now started using the Disconnect extension which I believe prevents third party tracking all together?

    Are cookies tracking me? [​IMG]

    What is the difference between the ones that say cookie/s and the Local Storage ones?
    Kol12, Oct 12, 2016
  11. Cliff S New Member
    Deleting cookies manually? You do realise? the next time you go on the net and click around, many will be back?

    See these sites:

    All About Computer Cookies - Session Cookies, Persistent Cookies,How to Enable/Disable/Manage Cookies

    What are Internet Cookies and What Do Cookies Do? -
    Cliff S, Oct 12, 2016
  12. Kol12 Win User
    @Cliff S Ok so that would be a waste of time. Instead I could use the list as a reference for the sites I want to whitelist and make a whitelist in either Ccleaner or Chrome.

    The main point is, is there a risk of third party tracking or unwanted cookies from all of the one off or random sites that we visit by letting cookies accumulate?
    Kol12, Oct 12, 2016
  13. Cliff S New Member

    Are cookies tracking me?

    If you turn them off in your browser, no.

    Are cookies tracking me? [​IMG]
    Cliff S, Oct 12, 2016
  14. Kol12 Win User
    I saw this option the other day and enabled it but a lot of websites were complaining about something, I can't remember what exactly so I'll have to try it again.

    Apart from the trackers cookies are pretty harmless aren't they? I mean the data is only stored on our computers and only readable by the connected website if we visit it again right?
    Kol12, Oct 12, 2016
  15. Kol12 Win User
    This is the pop up I get when enabling the block third party cookies. Is this referring solely to third party cookies?

    Are cookies tracking me? [​IMG]
    Kol12, Oct 12, 2016

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