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Online real estate agents flee ‘Cookie Monster’

Are your Web habits being monitored?

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(Part 3 of a three-part series. See Parts 1 and 2.) Cookies are not only bad for your waistline–they can seriously hamper your computer's performance and even worse, leave you vulnerable to "Peeping Toms." Is your computer running slow? Do you have annoying pop-ups? Are you concerned about someone accessing your personal information or "watching" where you surf on the Web? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, have you checked your "cookies"? A "cookie" is a computer code that recognizes your unique computer address and allows a third party to monitor actions you take on your computer. Some "cookies" are actually quite helpful. For example, if you are making an airline reservation and give them your frequent flyer number, the airline's "cookies" allow them to retrieve your present reservations, seat preferences, credit card numbers, and provide special offers based upon where you elect to travel. Real estate companies who allow visitors to search the Multiple Listing ...