Naming of Cookies

I just noticed that my cookies are being shown as my full name.  Both first and last.  How can I change this so that I can be anonymous or at least the cookies only show my first name.

Thanks

David
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1cellCommented:
the cookies are set by the web pages you are going to and they are getting this information either from a login or from your computer identity.  To stop this, I would disable cookies in your browser.  If you don't want to do that, change the name of your computer in network | identity or use a different login on the pages you are going to like EE which require the login.
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EDStechCommented:
To expand that further, you can set up zone security.  Go to Tools / Internet Options and you can set security for each of the zones.  What I do is have "Internet" or Default set to everything turned off, no cookies or java or etc etc etc.  Then I set the Trusted Sites zone to allow all the stuff I use normally.  This way normal sites like Geocties and Tripod can't open stupid windows on my PC and they don't get personal cookie info from me.  And sites like EE are added to the Trusted sites zone so they can use cookies here.
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centervCommented:
I found that "anonymus cookies" on in the background works very well.
Keeps the sites open but makes you login where required.
Freeware. Check it out.
http://filedudes.ionsys.com/win95/cookies/setpacb2.html
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centervCommented:
PS Although it doesn't mention working with IE5, it has been working for me with IE5 and win98 sr2.
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RandybCommented:
I like the work around of making the properties on my cookie files (cookie and index.dat) all to read only !

That way I dont have to disable cookies in the browser and dont have to be alerted everytime one is trying to be set (a very annoying process) and at the same time no information can be written to the cookie files and therefore no info can be sent back either ...he he he !

Of course depending on your use, cookies may be required to login to certain sites, personally I dont have that issue to deal with so this works great for me ! I hate snoopers ya know !

Just my 2 cents .
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1cellCommented:
that's a good idea.  Not only does it accomplish the goal but you get to feel like your giving the finger to the guys trying to get your info!  hehe
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EDStechCommented:
Take into consideration IE's handling of the Favorites folder, IE will probably ignore the RO flag on the file.  Maybe on NT you could use NTFS permissions or something.
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netmageCommented:
Use ie5's security option to turn off cookies stored on the computer but allow per session cookies to help get through cookie hungry MS sites.

or

Use Netscapes option to refuse cookie info that gets sent to the non originating server. This helps to keep you out of some faceless orginizations database but allows stored logins to websites like "my netscape".

Cookies were a great idea but as usual, good ideas get exploited.


For myself,i use ATGuard to screen and select what lands on my computer.

ATguard is a pain to use because it works so hard at asking permission to screen sites but maybe thats telling  me a story worth being educated about.

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DabowittAuthor Commented:
All of these are good responses.  Just a note:  I tried making my temporary internet folder, which is holding some cookies, a read only folder along with the index.dat and low and behold the web pages started loading every conceivable item they could into the folder.  Anyways, thanks for everyones help.  RandyB is the method I'm going to use so he gets the points.  Thanks all.

David
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RandybCommented:
cool-o ..thanx man !
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