A lot of folks concerned about security also have a big aversion to cookies. Not the kind you eat but the kind that a lot of web sites plant on your computer. Most cookies are harmless. Some cookies are beneficial. They help the websites you visit recognize you so that any personalization you have set up will be there the next time you go to that site. Some sites require cookies. These are usually financial sites like your bank.

But then there are the so called 'tracking' cookies. These cookies let the site know where you have been on the web. These are Spyware cookies. There are tons of ways to remove cookies. You can just delete them all, edit your cookie file & delete the ones you don't want ( This is extremely tedious and time consuming) or you can use a cookie manager. There are a lot of cookie managers. If you want to use a good, free cookie manager, download Cookie Viewer from Karen's Power Tools & install it. You can download it from Softpedia.

There is a lot of information available on the web about cookies, I suggest you go to Cookie Central to read more about cookies.

Cookies in Internet Explorer

When Internet Explorer first came out several years ago, cookies weren't really a problem. You either accepted cookies or you didn't.

With newer versions of Internet Explorer, it isn't quite so simple. You can accept some cookies and not others. You can decide you don't want any cookies. Some folks think cookies are bad, but I find them helpful and have never found any problems related to cookies.

If you are still using IE 5 or IE 6, your security is at risk. Upgrade as soon as possible.

Here is how to set up to receive cookies in IE 9.

First open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools button. From the dropdown list, select Internet options. Click on the Privacy tab. If you want to accept all cookies, move the slider all the way to the bottom.

If you want to be more selective about your cookie handling click the Advanced button. Put a check in the box to over ride the automatic cookie handling. Then select how you want to handle cookies. Don't forget to click apply when you have selected the settings you want.

What's a "super cookie"?  Ask Leo!

Note: I don't worry too much about cookies. And here is a yummy cookie recipe! It's located on a site all about cookies.