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Techie Stuff: Browser Cache & Cookies

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Techie Stuff: Browser Cache & Cookies
Posted by David Voss on Friday, June 20, 2003 10:33 AM
I know it's "techie" stuff, but here's some useful information if you ever need it. There's some information on how to look at your cookies and delete them if necessary.

I also included a link to which is a great online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology. If you ever hear a computer term and don't know what it means, this would be a good place to look it up.

How to Clear your Browser Cache

About Cookies

If using Windows 2000: Find your cookies in: C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files, where <user> is the login name of the current user.

If using Windows XP: Find your cookies in: c:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Cookies, where <user> is the login name of the current user.

If you want to view your cookies, you can do it from Internet Explorer.

Select Tools > Internet Options.

On the General tab, click the 'Settings' button, then click the 'View Files' button. The cookies are the files which start with "cookie:". Entries look like:

You can select and highlight individual cookies.

You can easily delete all their cookies. All you have to do (in Internet Explorer), is click on Tools > Internet Options. On the general tab, click the 'Delete Cookies' button.

Now that you know where the cookies are, you can probably figure out how to read what's in there. Just open the file with NotePad and start reading. If this doesn't sound very secure to you, it's not. Secrets like (passwords, sensitive credit information) shouldn't be stored into cookies unless it can be encrypted. You shouldn't try to change a cookie entry using an editor such as notepad. There is a checksum in the file that will detect the change and invalidate the cookie anyway.

The Unofficial Cookie FAQ - Cookie
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