Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Company develops way to restore cookies

Filed under
Software
Security

The company behind those floating ads that dance across Web pages has developed a way to restore the data profiles that many privacy-conscious users try to delete from their computers.

Most users don't know what they are doing when they run antispyware programs that delete the profiles, known as cookies, said Mookie Tenembaum, founder of United Virtualities Inc.

By deleting cookies, he said, users thwart efforts by Web sites to prevent the same ads from appearing over and over. Tenembaum said visitors are also forced to repeatedly enter usernames and passwords, which are sometimes stored in the profiles.

United Virtualities calls the product Persistent Identification Element. It taps a separate profile system that's found in Macromedia Inc.'s Flash and that's not generally affected by antispyware programs.

Using the product, when a Web site discovers a cookie missing, it can look for a backup in Flash and restore the cookie.
Richard M. Smith, a privacy and security consultant in Cambridge, Mass., was critical of United Virtualities.

"Companies should respect people's choices," he said, "If a consumer makes the effort of getting antispyware software, they don't want this stuff."

Source.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Launching into Orbit
    We’re excited to announce today the release of a BioWare project that’s unlike anything we’ve done before. Over the past few months, the BioWare Online Services team has been working hard on the next-generation of our online technology platform: Orbit.
  • The Big SuperTuxKart Update Is Almost Ready
    Towards the end of last year a development version of a big new version of SuperTuxKart was released that brought a new OpenGL 3.1+ graphics engine and other improvements. The new SuperTuxKart game looks great (especially for being an open-source game) and is now closer to being officially released with now having an RC version out.
  • Humble Indie Bundle 14 Drops Torchlight 2, Outlast, and Other Awesome Games on Linux
    Following on the footsteps of the fantastic success of the previous Humble Indie Bundle initiatives, the awesome people behind Humble Bundle, Inc. have put together yet another amazing collection of cross-platform games entitled Humble Indie Bundle 14.
  • New Linux Gaming Survey For April
    The new GOL survey for April is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the time.
  • Team Fortress 2 Update Brings Balancing Fixes
    Team Fortress 2 is an online multiplayer game developed by Valve and it's one of the most popular titles on Steam for Linux. A new update has been released for it, and it applies to the Linux version as well.
  • Grass Simulator Fully Released With Linux Support
    April Fools! Wait, this is real? Grass Simulator added Linux support recently, and today they have released the final version.

Android Leftovers