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Old March 18th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Tracking cookies

What are the DVinfo tracking cookies doing?

My antivirus software is popping up with this message...

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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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Without knowing what the cookie was it's hard to tell, but it may have been a cookie from one of our advertisers. Did it just start showing up today? If so, I have no idea.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 08:11 PM   #3
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You have all the info in the image - I only cut out my computer name.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #4
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What makes you think it's one of ours, Ervin? I'm pretty sure it isn't.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #5
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I overlooked Jeff's timing question. I don't know if this is something new or not, I just installed AVG a few days ago.

Chris, I'm not sure I understand - I got it while on this site, with no other site open in the browser. The warning does not pop up while on my own site for example... I do get much stronger warnings while on some sites, or so I think... this one seems to be labelled 'low' risk.

Please don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining about you guys tracking my computer, just trying to understand what's going on.

Thank you,
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Old March 19th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #6
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Ervin, every time I get a tracking cooking found while doing a scan, I open up the preferences in my browser and add the listed domain to my "Blocked" list. In your case, it looks like you need to add advertising.com (which *IS* in my blocked list).
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Old March 19th, 2010, 07:43 AM   #7
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Part of what's going on is that security software vendors derive their subscription renewals from the fear of what might be going on. They'll make use of any opportunity to throw up an alert so that you think their software service is worth every penny.

On a practical level, you might as well ignore it. If you're the nervous kind (not a bad thing), delete your cookies once a month.

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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #8
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Thanks, let's not get into any browser wars here - I'm happy both with my browser and my AV soft, which, by the way, is free, so I don't see why they would lie to me.

Plus I don't feel threatened by the practices of this website, all I'm trying to do is understand what's going on.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #9
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MANY, if not all of the so called "security" software packages flag cookies - supposedly they represent some potential threat, though I doubt it's any "real" danger... but as already stated, it makes them appear thorough.

If you're set to log in to most any site (DVi included), it's probably because there's a cookie set on your computer that allows the site to recognize your computer when you come back... that's my guess.

Most advertising uses some form of cookie tracking too, and DVi does have a few site specific ads, and if it helps keep the site running (via revenue), it shouldn't be a worry. DVi only serves up content appropriate ads from what I've seen, so not a bother to me, and far better than some of the ads on some sites!
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Old March 21st, 2010, 09:34 AM   #10
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"This web site has been reported as unsafe" pop-up

I have attached a screen shot that started popping up just today. I cleared my cookies and it still happened. The computer I log on with has not been changed.. I have been clicking "report that this site does not contain any threats" but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 12:10 AM   #11
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Yup, something is up...

A script or something. I don't even run anti-virus software and this just popped up while reviewing a DVi page.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 12:13 AM   #12
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 07:06 AM   #13
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I got the same thing Shaun. Must admit it was weird. It said the site has been reported as unsafe.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 08:24 AM   #14
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See Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for dvinfo.net

"What is the current listing status for dvinfo.net?
This site is not currently listed as suspicious."
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:53 AM   #15
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Understood Chris but remember, I'm not RUNNING any AntiVirus software at all. That screen popped up in my browser (Safari on Mac under Tiger) while viewing a page and had a click through.

If it tripped AV software to bring up that message I would have less concern.
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