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The Truth About Cookies

Depending on who’s telling the story, browser cookies are either an incredible timesaving tool or the greatest threat to your privacy since X-Ray Specs. As with so many topics that concern Windows, of course, the truth is somewhere in between. Used properly, cookies are a useful way to save time and make everyday Web browsing easier. Used improperly, they pose a risk of revealing information about you and about your Web browsing habits—information that you might prefer to remain private.

Internet Explorer 6, which is included with Windows XP, offers the capability to block or allow cookies. You can use predefined groups of settings, or you can create your own custom settings. Before you even think about adjusting these privacy settings, however, let’s figure out exactly what cookies are and how they work.


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