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CATHY'S TECH TIPS - COOKIES (NOT THE KIND YOU EAT)

Cathy Mallers PhotoNAVIGATING COOKIES IN INTERNET EXPLORER 7

As you may or may not know, cookies don't really lie within your operating system.  They actually are installed by your Web browser. Some common browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. (Also, just to make sure we're all on the same page here, if you're not familiar with cookies, you can read all about them here).

Windows Vista (the new operating system from Microsoft) uses Internet Explorer 7 as the default Web browser.  If you're new to using that, you will need to first change your view to the Classic View link on the left hand side of the Control Panel window.  Next you'll go to the Start Menu, click on the Control Panel and from there you'll double-click on Internet Options.  This opens the Internet Properties box.

Here's the best part.  Look for Browsing History.  Press the Delete button. This will prompt the system to bring up another window. One of the options is called Delete Cookies.  Click that button and it will remove all your cookies stored by your web browser.  Of course, you'll be asked if you are sure you want to delete your cookies.  If you are sure, hit Yes.  After your computer finishes, click the Close button and then the OK button.  This will close everything out. You're done! 

Now a quick note.  This will delete all your cookies which means that any website you automatically log into will require your login ID and password again.  Be sure you have that information stored somewhere before you delete everything.  Also, your computer will make new cookies every time you use your web browser so it's a good habit to remove your cookies on a regular basis.  This will ensure your information is kept as safe as possible from the Internet.

One other thing you may want to do is run AdAware.  This is a free software that will quarantine and delete unnecessary cookies on your machine.  It's also another layer of protection from hackers.

HAVE YOU GOT A SOFTWARE QUESTION YOU NEED ANSWERED?  Let me know so I can check it out.

DEAN'S TEAM TECH EDITOR,

CATHY MALLERS

*Portions of this post reprinted with permission from Worldstart

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007 4:27 PM by Dean's Team
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