Delete ALL cookies ALL the time EVERY time Facebook malware reminds us
Having an e-convo with a friend reminds us to always delete ALL cookies ALL the time EVERY time and all histories and temporary internet files. Simply if you are kind of new just get CCleaner which does it all and is Genuine Freeware (no ads, no adware, no spyware) and has been downloaded and used by millions and millions. You can also donate to them (freeware/donateware). LINKS AT BOTTOM….
DANGERS – – – COOKIES HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO BY MALWARE / HACKERS HALF A DECADE AGO AND RECENTLY TOOK OVER MANY COMPUTERS THROUGH FACEBOOK COOKIES….. READ ON….
Although I am becoming an ol’ timer (LOL) without being an old timer on PC – I began at the release of XP Home Edition in the Fall, 2001. At that time, spyware and antispyware where virtually unheard of. As well, the same with personal software firewalls. All in all – of all the days and efforts and intrusions of having to install and maintain a security suite (all three – antivirus, antispyware, personal firewall) and all the great rise of infected websites and phishing and pharming sites and all the combative browser technologies – all tripping over themselves scanning everything all the time just to use a computer — well it has been quite a diminished experience of joy of use and strictly because of security. The threat of of infection continually with every breath is the annoyance of the world web, the dangers, and the earned term of cyber ghetto.
The point here – more inconvenience – is that it has been taught by the prudent in security a couple of years ago, including myself as webmaster of the BlueCollarPC.US (originally .Net), and forward to absolutely delete ALL internet tracks and cookies EVERY session of browsing per particular activity – and now to NEVER go outside of Facebook when logged into account and when logging out to completely delete ALL cookies before proceeding ANY further as Facebook connects through cookies to ALL sites that have their little plug-ins such as “Like This” everywhere on the world wide web and broadcasts EVERYTHING from your account to them in all variance.
All things considered you maintain an attitude that it is like “Pinball Wizard” – you are playing against the worst case scenario – botnets – as automatic machines. By thus shredding all possible personal information that at any time an infection may occur, is thus minimizing ANYTHING that can be immediately broadcasted by the botnet or virus or worm. As well this is minimizing their chances of malicious entry and take over. It HAS to be done.
The added “clean internet tracks” scenario of deleting ALL cookies along with surf history and temporary internet files stored from browsing is one more complete inconvenience. A couple of years ago there started the reports and findings that cookies were being broken into by malware. Recently of course has been the great catastrophe of the Facebook cookies break in and hijacking by the major botnet/worm ‘Koobface’ ….. no doubt the affected are those that play dumb ostrich with security information, alerts, and advice and recommendations – or are oblivious to events around them on the world web such as complete newbies as we all were, and there are those that refuse security products as loss of speed and those that live by the attitude that it is all phony stuff for a dollar bill or they (security products) are like internet mafia charging “milk money” (protection extortion) as the hoodlums they are to allow you on the internet and not infected for a price. Others simply refuse to spend a dime on security and try to live with the free products that offer no real time protection.
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The bottom line here is in real world when we go back to years 2001,2,3 — when a large majority of XP users and others went practically berserk over and witchhunt on spyware – we at that time would have defined Yahoo as an adware network and now we would have described Facebook as a spyware network. You visit them, use them, log into them – you get what you get, tracked – spammed – infected. As practically all decided to continue at Yahoo – well they are worst now and stay with Facebook. The practical use Safe Practices and hope for the best.
I myself have set up websites with their own lawful legal protected email list services and chat rooms too after finding out about Yahoo years and years ago – read their policies. A handful of people joined up – respecting their own privacy. Most others it seems gave it an evil eye and imagined I was some evil person with their own agenda. So I am guilty myself in returning to Yahoo and with the idea that I used to help as best I could with the very popular Yahoo destinations were so many have flocked to for help and questions (Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Answers – Yahoo Boards kind of got spammed to death). It was the only place to help people because it is where they flocked to for help being ignorant of Yahoo policy of like web beacons et al.
If this seems tooooo long or stringent on “what’s your point or trying to make” —- the whole point is especially if you have already been hit by worst offenders – by botnets and destruction of equipment or worst – ID Theft scenarios — then you go back to your first love of understanding and completely avoid these and remain as invisible as possible in the internet for the rest of your life. The flip side of that coin is the warriors and how about all the businesses. You decide to stay and help and fight your butt off against them all and take it personal that cyber crime is trying to make the world wide web their territory forever and we just ain’t gonna let that happen ! ! ! with a vengeance.
I used to use a phrase in some security podcasts I did….. “It is my soap box and I’m keeping it”.
Ooops – forgot the other point about cookies and staying logged in – “Remember Me”…..
That was a convenience that came out a decade ago. Security-wise, is the same. It is living in cave man days since about 2003-5 if actually using it (they should remove this feature worldwide). If a hacker gains entry, or malware that is remotely controlled (such as wost case scenario – botnets as “Command and Control live) – then they are already logged into your accounts conveniently and may do as they please obviously. That is why you NEVER leave any account logged into by saving log-in cookies (Remember Me) on the computer/browser. If they do not have the passwords – obviously they can not log into the accounts. You treat ALL accounts as if you were on public internet is one view to keep which you would not leave your account logged into for the next person to access.
You leave the internet the way you start up and engage it. Nothing logged into automatically or remotely. You do your session and COMPLETELY log out everywhere and erase all history. Now you can leave the internet and shut down the computer for the day – no histories, NO cookies. About ALL browsers have added this feature to completely delete histories and cookies and temporary internet files several years ago with a click to delete all when closing browser. Internet Explorer via Microsoft have unfortunately temptingly left that click that preserves favorite sites log-in cookies and delete all else. Again they have condescended from common sense and security because soooo many middle and upper middle class users bidch about it all. They allow them to sacrifice personal security for ease and convenience of use rather than loose a sale of Windows on that next computer they buy. That IS the entire Windows 7 creation and release because of all THEIR bidching over Vista and its fantabulous security abilities.
These are the dark little secrets of a majority of users in security circles and also this knowledge by the cyber criminals who coined the phrase “Socially Engineered”. Security circles still try common sense use with them including Microsoft. Such laziness…. just shaking the head.
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….deletes flash cookies that none others generally delete. Cookies should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if necessary.