WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie (also tracking cookie, browser cookie, and HTTP cookie) is a small piece of text stored on a user's computer by a web browser. A cookie contains bits of information such as user preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else the website you visit wants to set.
Cookies, today, can do a lot more than this definition provides for. In fact, most people are unaware that there are other types of cookies, in addition to the typical HTTP style browser cookies.
There are many new cookie technologies available to webmasters. Collectively, these are called Super Cookies. However, today, probably the most dangerous type of cookie is the Flash cookie that is being used by many of today's popular websites.
The problem here, is that while standard HTTP cookies can only store roughly 1024 bytes of information, Flash cookies can store up to 5 megabytes of information. That's 50 times as much information!
And, what's even worse, is that today's browsers cannot delete these cookies and, the icing on the cake, is that the information is shared among all installed browsers!
So, you may ask, "What's the big deal?"
Well, the "big deal" is that these cookies, if placed on websites as web bugs, can store a lot of information, including, the browser you are using, what language you use, what websites you have visited, what your browsing habits are, where you shop, which countries you take your laptop to, which hotels or companies you visited, and much more! (You can also use our exclusive Privacy Test to see what information websites can get from your system right now!)
You should be VERY worried about this, as you not only have no control over whether these cookies even exist on your machine, but even worse, you have absolutely NO CONTROL over the information that they can gather. And, you have absolutely no idea how that information can be used!!!
In fact, rogue cookies are just as, if not MORE dangerous than virus' and trojans!
But, there is an answer to the problem!
Introducing MAXA Cookie Manager.
MAXA Cookie Manager (MCM) is the first and, to date, the only product of its kind that is specifically designed to protect your privacy, regardless of the web browser you use! MCM works with the majority of current browsers available on the market today.
MCM puts you back in control of your privacy
With MCM, you can do the following:
- List all of the types of cookies on your computer
- Decide which cookies are safe and which ones are dangerous
- Automatically delete cookies as they appear on your computer
- Block entire domains so that all cookies from an entire website are blocked
- Create and manage both white lists and black lists - Increasing productivity by keeping the cookies that you actually need!
- And, much more!
Changes in version 5.3:
- Support for the newest version of Firefox
- Smaller improvements and additions
MAXA cookie manager is also available as a part of a bundle with MAXA security Tools