By: Chase Petersen

Do you feel like your phone is listening to you?  You will have a conversation with someone and only moments later you will receive an advertisement for a product similar to what you were talking about.  You sit back and wonder how “it” knew what to send you.  I cannot confirm or deny that your devices are listening to you, but they are tracking what you do on the internet.  Websites use cookies to store information about you and your uses on that site.  This can be used for good or evil depending on your outlook.

First-party cookies are from the site you are visiting; they are used to store login information, setting preferences, and information pertaining to your involvement with the site.  These are good and helpful cookies.  Third-party cookies are from advertisements and other pop-ups on the site; these cookies can store information about your searches and which sites you travel.  Third-party cookies can follow your browsing and send that information back to whoever owns the cookie where they sell the data to advertising companies who send you the creepily spot-on advertisements.

Luckily, most browsers have security options when it comes to cookies.  In the settings, you can clear all cookies on your PC (this might take away some of your automatic logins), prevent access to first-party or third-party cookies, or manually block or allow access by site name.  I would recommend allowing first-party cookies and preventing third-party cookies.

To access these controls in Chrome:

  1. At the top right, click the three dots – then Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” click Site settings – then Cookies.
  4. Turn Allow sites to save and read cookie data on or off.

Each browser will be slightly different, but they all have these security measures.  A quick google search can direct you to your specific browser setting location.  Preventing third-party cookies will protect your personal data from getting into the wrong hands.

Chase Petersen or 404-997-7616

After graduating from Kennesaw State, Chase, seeking to increase his business acumen while attending law school joined Network 1 Consulting.  Excited about the opportunities at Network 1, Chase is attacking each day to learn all that he can about technology and business.

Network 1 Consulting is a 21-year-old IT support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers, but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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