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    Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I regularly delete the temp internet files, cookies, etc. just because I like to keep things tidy. But when I do this, I always lose home page settings that I would rather keep. And I lose some settings from other pages as well (including, the Lounge). I know I can open the cookie files and selectively delete but that could be a timely chore and besides, it's not always obvious which cookies are ythe good ones.

    I'm just looking for some advice here. Perhaps someone else knows a better way to manage those cookies??

    I'm not a big fan of all the "convenience" features: (MRU list, History files and auto-complete) and have turned those features off everywhere I could figure a way to do it. But eliminating cookies would mean having to re-design my personal settings everytime I loggeed on to my homepage. I don't want that to happen but I don't want every site I visit to leave a tattoo on my system, either.
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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    Don't delete the cookies you need.
    Delete the crap cookies that sneak thru. I have Cookies set to Prompt so little sneaks thru,

    You can delete the other stuff thru the menus in IE.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    The method I use is to block all cookies but allow session cookies. When I find a site that absolutely requires a cookie to be set, whether for convenience (like the Lounge) or necessity, I manually add the site to my 'allowed' list. I almost never have to delete unwanted cookies.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I do not believe that will work for some sites such as financial service firms that sabe your info at your end to match with their info.

    I block many sites and tolerate the prompting of the ones that I must.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    If you add the cookie to your Allowed list, then the site can access it as it pleases -- as long as you don't "Block all Cookies".

    Now that I think about it, if you use the "slider" to "Block ALL Cookies" this over-rides the "Per site" settings!

    So you should not be able to block all cookies and add sites that you want to allow. Instead, you CAN add sites to your Trusted sites zone and then they can access their cookies.

    My favorite cookie viewing and managerment program used to be Karen's, but now I like this one:
    IE Cookies View.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I appreciate the feedback. Here's what I've done and it seems to be working out alright: Under Internet Options | Privacy | Advanced, I have:
    1. Ticked Override automatic cookie handling
    2. Ticked Always allow session cookies (don't know what this one does).
    3. Set both radio buttons to "Prompt".

    Now if I click my way to Internet Options | Privacy | Edit, I can see quite a list of websites where the cookie setting is "Always Block". I think this is good.
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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I don't like seeing prompts, but that is a matter of preference. Session cookies are fine -- they do not represent any risk to you. You really don't want third party cookies at all -- don't set this to prompt, set it to Block.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I have found this to be extremely interesting, especially the Privacy issues (cookies) -
    http://amm.grc.com/cb-faq.htm
    Questions about the Internet Privacy Section - read all the way through and download the Registry Settings file (nasties.reg) - really great stuff

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    Okay - the third party cookies are set to block. Thanks.

    The prompts were really annoying at first. But when you are prompted, you have the choice to "Always use that setting from that site. I check that box before deciding to accept or decline cookies. So now, the prompts are hitting the screen with a lot less frequency. As far as I can tell, I'm not having to make a decision about fastclick.com, everytime.

    BTW, I downloaded the cookie viewer from Karen and in my opinion, it's a very useful tool. It's amazing how much stuff gets added to your hard drive (Temp Internet Files, Cookies) during an hour of on-line time. This is exactly what I'm attempting to rid myself of...
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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    Hi Lonnie:
    Thanks for posting this. It has some really interesting stuff. I would mention one caveat. I believe it was last updated in April, 2000 (Chris Baker was using IE5.01). So optout.exe is no longer being used--it was discontinued in favor of Ad-Aware.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    I've discovered that IE cookie controls only work for sites in the internet security zone. Cookies seem to beblocked automatically in the restricted zone (even though there isn't any setting for this that I can find). If you really trust a site, you can stick it in the local intranet zone, even if it isn't on your intranet.

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    Ahhh, Phil..that's what is so good about nasties.reg - it still gives the user the basic list to install for the 'baddies' list <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> ! Can you imagine how long it would have taken the average user to add all of those sites for 'block'? I have added nasties.reg to at least 12 computers (friends & relatives) and they are all happy with it. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Cookie Management (IE 6.0)

    Correct. The cookie management out of the box with IE6 is limited to the Internet zone. Restricted sites get no cookies and Trusted sites get all -- even third-party cookies.

    We very quickly found the arrangement unacceptable and fully investigated the power of IE6 cookie management. The ONLY way you can use IE6 cookie control to it's fullest extent is to use the "XML" Import files. We have created 100 of them to choose!

    You can even go beyond this and modify the cookie control in the Restricted sites zone -- but WHY? I don't believe there is a reason for a restricted site to access cookies.

    The "bad" list you are using is not as complete as the one Eric Howes created in his IE-SypAds program. Eric updates this frequently and the list is quite extensive....

    For a COMPLETE discussion of IE6 and Cookies, see this. This is not light reading...

    Karen's cookie program is my second favorite! I still like the one I posted above better because of it's "spread sheet" style display.

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