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Web Bug in EWeek Mag

1:01 pm on Aug 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Did anyone read about the web bugs that are being used on many sites in Eweek this week?

What is the difference between that and a cookie,and more importantly, where is an example of the code.


5:38 am on Aug 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It's snake oil for uneducated surfers. Web bugs are just a new name for cookies that can follow people across sites. It's one of the dumbiest ideas/names I have ever seen put on the web. There was a story on CNN last week called "web bugs", that was nothing more than a description of cookies and how they work. They just substituted "Web bugs" for "cookies".

That does nothing to help people under stand the privacy risks that are on the web everywhere. It just more net scare stories from the main stream TV press, who are trying to win back market share from the Net.

What is far more concerning that a couple of cookies and the default browsers inability to protect you (Internet explorer), is that fact that few people are talking about the upcoming privacy nightmare known as WinXP. With mandated and and built in back channels to microsoft.com for every thing from search, forced system updates, driver checks, and even time sync connections to microsoft.com (unstopable connections), WinXP is fully worthy of the Big Brother title.