Among all the scamming tricks, cookie grabbers are one of the most “effective” way to get people’s password illegally. And most of the time the victims don’t realize what happened until they lose their accounts. This article will help you to identify and defend yourself against the cookie grabbers.
I think I shall start with explaining what cookies in the computer world are. Cookies are text files that are stored in your computer by some websites. They help the website to recognize who you are, so you dont need to enter your login info and set your customizations every time you log on the internet. For example, if you choose remember my password in the PinkPT forums, several cookies will be produced and stored in your computer, containing your member id, password and miscellaneous information. You may worry that your family members can check your cookies to see your password, but basically it is impossible to read the cookies without a decoder as most of the codes are encrypted into strings meaningless to humans.