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As we said in our earlier introduction, Tracking, a cookie is a bit of data from a web server. (Think of “fortune cookies” you might get after a Chinese meal, with little bits of wisdom inside each one.) Each web browser keeps its own set of cookies. So, if you use several computers — or […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007

Google Accounts

A Google Account is free of charge. The easiest way to get one is by visiting . There you’ll be asked for information like your email address and a password.

Note: If you’re planning to get a Gmail account, and you’d like to use your Gmail address as your primary email address, you should sign up […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007


One of Google’s corporate philosophies has always been not to “do evil.” Google’s Privacy Policy Highlights explain more. (You’ll also find a link to their complete Privacy Policy on that page.)
Whether you trust Google or not, it’s good to know something about how Google tracks you. What does Google do to remember your Preferences? When […]

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This page was last modified on: Monday August 11, 2008

Customizing Your Results: Preferences

Whenever I run a new piece of software, … I [first] … look at the program’s ‘preferences’ panel. By clicking through the options, I rapidly learn what a program can do and what its shortcomings are. Google is no different. — Simson Garfinkel, Getting More from Google, Technology Review, June 4, 2003

You can customize the […]

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This page was last modified on: Thursday August 21, 2008

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