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Cookies are the most popular way of tracking Internet users today, but by this time next year, they could be old news. We already know that Google is planning to replace cookies with something else, and there's chatter that Apple and Facebook will follow suit as well. Now we've learned that Microsoft is looking beyond cookies, too. Microsoft's engineers are said to be developing technology that would make it possible to track users across multiple Windows-based platforms, including desktop PCs, tablets, and smartphones, as well as its Xbox console and various services, such as Internet Explorer... Read more...
As we reported back in February, Mozilla had plans to introduce cookie-blocking by default in version 22 of its Firefox Web browser. Well, it seems that the company has realized that it might have been a bit hasty in wanting to implement the change so quickly, so now, it's decided to hold off as it needs more time to analyze the outcome of making such a move. Cookies are a fairly integral part of our Web-surfing, although they do expose us to certain risks. The best use for cookies is to save certain information for a given website; such as whether or not you're logged in, to keep track of what... Read more...
Privacy advocates owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Mayer, a grad student at Standford who developed a patch for Firefox that, by default, blocks third-party cookies from installing on their browser, thereby protecting users from being tracked by advertisers. Mozilla plans to bake the patch into Firefox 22, which scheduled for release in late June (the current version is Firefox 19). To get the most out of the patch, and Firefox 22, users are encouraged to clear out all existing cookies when upgrading. The patch doesn't make any special provisions for pre-existing cookies, though it will block... Read more...