by Webnme2 on Mar 20th 2010
WEB BULLIES AND WEB ASSAILANTS
1. A Flood of Cookies
Cookies that help a site owner complete a transaction or customize content for a visitor are one thing. Cookies launched to track the activities of a visitor are another. I just looked at my cookies folder and found that I had about 1800 cookies. Wow! Some of them were for websites that I’ve never visited and for ad services not related to any website where I’ve done business. About 30 of them registered as spyware cookies designed to track my activities on the web. Well over a thousand were there to track my exposure to ads and a few hundred were to track my visits to particular websites.
Dumping several cookies on a visitor is akin to bully behavior because it is not consensual and at best a sign that the launching site does not care about visitor privacy.
If you need cookies to run a site, consider using session cookies that do not persist after the visitor leaves your website.
If you need to use persistant cookies, you don’t need to have the expiration date last 20 years. The expiration date needs to be reasonable.
Pop-ups can provide a useful way to display information and can help a web visitor, but if you use them you risk website failure because many visitors will be using pop-up blocking software.
Too many idiot sites have resorted to bombarding visitors with multiple popup windows to other sites and advertisements making visits disruptive and irritating to visitors. Visitors in turn have had to resort to pop-up blockers. Thumbs up to Google for including a pop-up blocker as part of their browser toolbar. Mine has blocked some 1379 pop-ups in the last three months.
3. Hostile Actions