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Old 04-10-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
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Spyware?


I just switched to Mandrake 9.2 from windows me.Do I need to worry about spyware cookies being downloaded to my harddrive?If so is there a program to remove them like adaware on windows?thanks!
 
Old 04-10-2004, 11:07 PM   #2
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cookies are a universal problem but they haven't built up as badly as they do in windows

you should still periodically clean them out manually if your browser doesn't do a good job of it (in my experience, both mozilla and firefox do an excellent job)

cookies in linux will most likely on get at info that your browser may directly have, such as your operating system, your ip, and maybe your name, etc.

you don't have to worry about websites trying to tamper and access your harddrive, though, or downloading unnecessary programs, so rest easy
 
Old 04-11-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
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What browser are you using? Here's a list of ways to deal with cookies in various common Linux browsers:

Netscape: Follow the instructions for Mozilla below.

Mozilla:
To clear cookies once:
Go to Edit->Preferences->Privacy & Security (click the little + sign next to it)->Cookies->Manage Stored Cookies and choose "Remove All Cookies", or delete specific cookies by clicking on them and choosing "Remove Cookie"
To clear cookies automatically every time ou close the browser:
Go to Edit->Preferences->Privacy & Security (click the little + sign next to it)->Cookies and check the box marked "Limit Maximum Lifetime of Cookies to:" and then choose the option "Current Session"

Galeon:
To clear cookies once:
Go to Edit->Preferences->Privacy and click "Manage Cookies" To remove one cookie, click on it and choose "Remove Cookie". To remove all cookies, click the first cookie, scroll to the bottom of the list, hold down your shift key, and click the last cookie (this will select all cookies between the first and the last cookie, as well as selecting the first and the last cookie) and then click "Remove Cookie"
To clear cookies automatically every time you close the browser:
Go to Edit->Preferences->Privacy and check the box "Cookies expire at the end of the session"

Pheonix/Firebird/Firefox and Opera should have similar options, but I don't have them on my machine so I can't give you the details on how to use them.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 09:20 PM   #4
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Im using Konqueror.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 10:17 PM   #5
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OK, go to Settings->Configure Konqueror->Cookies->Management and choose "Delete All" to delete all of your cookies, or highlight a specific cookie and click delete to get rid of just that cookie.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 10:47 PM   #6
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Smile

thanks everyone!
 
Old 04-11-2004, 11:08 PM   #7
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Thats the thing, you need some cookies. I am autologged in sites becuase of them, I want the useless ones, but I don't want the spyware type thingies. There is not Spybot S&D for linux?
 
Old 04-11-2004, 11:18 PM   #8
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You may be a bit confused about what spyware is. While it's possible for a cookie to function as spyware, a decent browser will allow you to disable cookies entirely or give you the option to deny cookies from sites as they attempt to plant themselves on your system.
Cookies can actually be a useful thing, such as the cookies set on a message board you visit frequently.

Spyware, however, isn't typically a cookie. Spyware is generally an application which is installed on your system, usually accompanying an application that you may want to install. A developer of open source applications would have a very difficult time including something like this, since the open nature of the software would quickly betray inclusion of such a program. You really don't have to worry much about it in Linux.
 
  


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