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Who’s Tracking My Cookies?

Before we delve into who’s tracking your cookies and why, let’s make sure we all understand what Cookies are. Cookies are tiny files that hold data specific to a website, and allow that website to tailor the site to the user. The cookie helps the website to customize by first name and last name and other similar, small pieces of data.

Should you be concerned about your cookies?

There are concerns about the security of cookies, especially when it comes to third-party tracking, typically done to compile long-term records of your browsing history. A cookie can be stolen by a hacker ‘eavesdropping’ on your network, and unfortunately, the website can’t tell the difference between you and your hacker authenticating the request. Stolen cookies could enable a hacker to transfer money out of your account in such a way that the bank wouldn’t red flag it as fraudulent activity.

How can you protect your cookie jar?

One option is to erase your cookies on a regular basis, so that your personal information isn’t stored out there on the world wide web for roaming hackers to seize. Find where your History is stored on your web browser, typically under Tools or Safety, and choose to delete your browsing history. A detailed menu option should appear and you’ll want to select for your cookies to also be erased. A solid back-up is to have BullGuard’s Internet Security 2013 installed on your computer, so as to protect yourself from any possible threats. The Firewall protects you from hackers and identity theft entering through the network, preventing any and all cyber crooks from gaining access to your system, regardless of how many Cookies you’ve got. Do you delete your cookies? Tell us!

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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