I think of myself as a veteran browser/Internet user. I make a living because of the Internet, I use it for much of my recreational activity. You could even go so far as to say I pretty much need a life.
I have also never thought much about cookies set on my machine by websites because I’m not one of those “paranoid” types that think that everyone is out to steal all of my oh-so-secret things off of my computer. (yes that sentence was way too long).
BUT, I was just in my cookie file for a mundane reason and I was appalled by the amount of cookies I had and where they came from. I am certain I have not been to a couple of them. One was a news site in SWITZERLAND, in that language (Swiss?). One was from www.drkoop.com, which I have never been to, but saw it listed today when I was browser the “websites you like” thread.
SO…I told my browser to tell me everytime someone wanted to set a cookie and then went browsing. To get to the MPSIMS section I was asked by Straight Dope no less than FIVE times to allow a different cookie. This isn’t so bad, though I can’t fathom why they need so many, because they are just sending them back to the originating server. I was also asked by 22.214.171.124 to set one, which gives a server error if you go to that site. It’s from one of the banners at the top of SD and I was asked by ad.doubleclick.net on every SD page to set one.
Does anyone else find this irritating and invasive? It’s one thing for the sites you actually go to ask, though again, five different cookies?, but for advertising people to put a cookie on your machine because you happen to view one of their ads?