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  1. SaveMeJeebus says:

    WSJ SmartMoney had an article about this a few months back. Also, on some sites, if you fill up a shopping cart and exit without purchasing, the company may try to entice you with a discount via popup or email if you have no record of ever visiting the site. I did this with and took half-price service for six months. Then I went to cancel when the six months was up and got another six months for the same price.

  2. Munkeyhatecleen says:

    Might want to double check the link posted – it’s showing me a Tip of the Day on ways to fall asleep on the plane.

    But regardless – thanks for reminding me why I never store cookies!

  3. pestie says:

    I set Firefox to only keep cookies for the duration of my session (allowing sites that require cookies to function) but only allow a select few sites to store cookies across sessions. That seems to be a reasonable compromise – cookie-based sites work, but nobody gets to track me long-term. I also use RefControl (preventing referers from being passed between sites, so site B doesn’t know that I got there by clicking a link from site A) and Flashblock (because 99% of Flash is stuff I don’t want to see).