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What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?

For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.

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Let’s look more closely at privacy. Here’s an analogy: Say you’re an avid runner who jogs a few miles every day. If you carry a GPS device to help you track your daily runs, you create a diary of running data on your device — a historical record of where you run, how far you run, your average speed, and the calories you burn.

As you browse the web, you generate a similar diary of browser data that is stored locally on your computer: a history of the sites you visit, the cookies sent to your browser, and any files you download. If you’ve asked your browser to remember your passwords or form data, that’s stored on your computer too.

Some of us may not realize that we can clear all this browser data from our computers at any time. It’s easy to do through a browser’s Options or Preferences menu. (The menu differs from browser to browser.) In fact, the latest versions of most modern browsers also offer a “private” or “incognito” mode. For example, in Chrome’s incognito mode, any web page that you view won’t appear in your browsing history. In addition, all new cookies are deleted after you close all the incognito windows that you’ve opened. This mode is especially handy if you share your computer with other people, or if you work on a public computer in your local library or cybercafe.

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Very Special Thanks To

Brian Rakowski, Ian Fette, Chris DiBona, Alex Russell, Erik Kay, Jim Roskind, Mike Belshe, Dimitri Glazkov, Henry Bridge, Gregor Hochmuth, Jeffrey Chang, Mark Larson, Aaron Boodman, Wieland Holfelder, Jochen Eisinger, Bernhard Bauer, Adam Barth, Cory Ferreria, Erik Arvidsson, John Abd-Malek, Carlos Pizano, Justin Schuh, Wan-Teh Chang, Vangelis Kokkevis, Mike Jazayeri, Brad Chen, Darin Fisher, Johanna Wittig, Maxim Lobanov, Marion Fabing Nicolas, Jana Vorechovska, Daniele De Santis, Laura van Nigtevegt, Wojtek Cyprys, Dudley Carr, Richard Rabbat, Ji Lee, Glen Murphy, Valdean Klump, Aaron Koblin, Paul Irish, John Fu, Chris Wright, Sarah Nahm, Christos Apartoglou, Meredith Papp, Eric Antonow, Eitan Bencuya, Jay Nancarrow, Ben Lee, Gina Weakley, Linus Upson, Sundar Pichai & The Google Chrome Team


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