Cookies and GMail

For a long while, I've been using GMail but have been keeping the privacy implicatins at bay by restricting what cookies I accept to mail.google.com (or gmail.com.)

Now a login to gmail requires me to accept cookies from .google.com. That's not quite so comfortable a thought!

By moving GMail services under www.google.com, it is now no longer as easy to distinguish between the cookies you want (ie those required for GMail) and those you don't want (those Google wants you to have while you search.)

Comments:

Not sure why people would have cookies disabled at all. Why do you? What does it give you? I have cookies enabled (for everybody) and even browsing on the more darker (fleshier) sites seems not to increase attacks on my server or amount of spam in my mailbox. Of course, I use the NoScript plugin for FireFox. So, tell me, what does disabling cookies do for you?

Posted by SwitchBL8 on July 30, 2007 at 10:03 PM PDT #

If you don't have anything to hide...
I prefer not being tracked and profiled via my search and surf behavior. Even though I'm using Tor for any of my normal browsing, I'm still kind of trackable due to my OS - browser combination.

Concerning the original post:
I use two browsers. My main surf and blog read browser has everything you might think of disabled. The other one allows Java, javascript, Flash (even though I have Flashblock installed), and via Torbutton I can switch between going through Tor or directly through the tubes.
Cookies I only allow for sites that really need them, and I delete them at the earliest possible time.
So basically either you gotta swallow the new cookie policy or you're back at using a dedicated email application, your second browser.

Posted by patrick on July 31, 2007 at 03:33 AM PDT #

could you please explain to a tech challenged guy(not to stupid)WHAT ARE COOKIES??

Posted by TOM CAVANAUGH on August 21, 2009 at 04:34 AM PDT #

COOKIES AGAIN==========SORRY

Posted by TOM CAVANAUGH on August 21, 2009 at 04:35 AM PDT #

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