Are cookies really spyware?

This subject has been the debate of many newsgroups and online forums over the years. Cookies are simply text files stored on your hard drive and cannot themselves harm your computer in any way.

Typically cookies are used to remember logins and keep track of user settings on web-sites. Cookies can be used to track your movement on the Internet ONLY if a site is aware of the cookies and is designed to use the specific cookies.

Because of their use in tracking, many feel that this constitutes spyware. Most anti-spyware applicatoins, including SUPERAntiSpyware, detect tracking cookies in one form or another. If an application does not detect cookies, users often feel the application is “missing” critical spyware items because another scanner will detect them and label them as “spyware”.

3 thoughts on “Are cookies really spyware?”

  1. Hello bees searching for spyware and found your blog reg Are cookies really spyware? ..i have gone through your site

  2. I know this post is over two years old at this point, but I recently discovered you guys had a blog since you mentioned it on Podnutz. I started reading your old blog posts and I decided I should say something about this one:

    It kinda sounds like you don’t want SUPERAntiSpyware to not detect cookies because you don’t think they are spyware. From what I understood, the only reason you make SAS detect cookies is so that people don’t feel like SAS is leaving something out. If that is the case, just make SAS detect cookies, but then educate the user so that they know that cookies are not really spyware and then ask them if from then on out you want SAS to keep searching and point out cookies.

    What do you think of that?
    -Jaime D.

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