Anyone want a Cookie?

cookie monsterEvery time I think or hear the word Cookies the picture of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street appears in my head spouting the immortal line of “Me want Coookiees” but cookies from Sunday (27/05/2012) have more of a significance to play in the computing and internet area, as from today all websites are obliged to inform and give you the option of opting out of said website storing a cookie on your computer.

If you do not know much about what the role of cookies in the using the internet is then please read the articles HERE and HERE (section 12 from Majorgeeks.com and created by my good friend Charlie aka Chaslang). The latter one of the two I have added as cookies are very mis-understood at times and many think they are malware related, they are not.

The BBC News webpage all set to go for this cookie rule today.

BBC News Cookie Notification

“Friday marks the last working day for UK businesses to prepare their websites for a new law governing the use of cookies.

From Sunday, sites must obtain “informed consent” from visitors before saving cookies on a machine.

Cookies are pieces of personal data stored when users browse the web, sometimes to power advertising.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is to launch a tool for the public to report non-compliant sites.”

One thing to note is that once you have agreed or disagreed to allow cookies from a particular site on your PC, each time you visit that site, the option you chose will still be in-action, but you can either deleted your Browsers History (Internet Explorer 9’s options HERE) or do check with your favoured browsers options and help pages. If your browser like Internet Explorer 9 has Tracking Protection you can use that to manage various cookies, I have picked on IE9 as it know and use it more than Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

HERE is the EU Directive on privacy and electronic communications but via the UK Gov’s website as its more readable than the gobbledgook pages of the EU Commission HERE. *I do note the EU Commission has not enacted the cookie options yet! worth checking Sunday to see if they have broken their own laws!*

The Financial Times (FT) cookie option

FT Cookie options

Personally I do not see an issue with cookies that the EU Commission has, to be honest it has just caused more website admins a headache in adding this new alert option. I would imagine the EU Commission will be very busy as I can bet that if we were to see figures in 6 months time on the percentage of sites of websites compliant with this law we would see a high figure non-compliant.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this new law?

 

Read the full quoted article at BBC Technology News HERE

Web Of Trust (WOT) for Opera Browser

If you are a fan of the web browser Opera like I am then you may like to know on this day of Data Privacy that WOT now has a plugin for Opera, and you can download and test the latest version of Opera 11.01 HERE

“Web of Trust is a safe browsing tool, which warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam.

Would you like to know which websites you can trust? The WOT add-on is a safe surfing tool for your browser. Traffic-light rating symbols show which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.
WOT ratings are powered by a global community of millions of trustworthy users who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. The WOT add-on provides reputation ratings to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia and other popular sites, helping you protect your computer and personal information. Your online email account – Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail is also protected.”

To install the WOT add-on all you need to do is to have Opera installed on your PC, then download the add-on below and double click it to install and you will see the window in the below image,

WOT

Then choose the option you want, and Basic this the recommended option and the one I choose,

WOT1

Then sadly you do need to register and you can do this with a disposable Hotmail/Gmail email address if you don’t wish to use for personal normal account but WOT do not spam you with junk.

Download HERE