They rot your teeth… and your computer :-)
In the earlier days of the Internet, it was fairly automatic (at least me) to have Cookies turned off (at least 3rd Party cookies) and to just enable the ones that I needed (or trusted). However, some years ago I stopped thinking about Cookies and just went with the browser defaults which turns all cookies on.
With the onslaught of privacy violations over the last year — from telecom companies to social networks — I have become increasingly uncomfortable with blindly giving random companies access to my machine. So a few weeks ago I figured “Why not just go back to my old behavior of turning off cookies and only selectively turning them on”. And that is what I have done…
However, it turns out that this is very painful and not at all the simple process of a few years ago. While some sites seem to be able to gracefully handle these restrictions, where I can simply unblock a URL or even a port and all is OK, other sites just throw up on me. Two examples being Hootsuite.com and Paper.li which just hang, even when I explicitly unblock them. However, despite these hiccups I am adamant that I will not give up on my quest to control MY DATA and who has access to it, if out of nothing more than pure stubbornness :)
So what’s my call to action? Well, this is directed to the companies that are building these Cookie-addicted Websites… STOP IT! You cannot just assume that you can dump whatever rubbish you want on my machine and then take whatever information you want, without my objecting. Don’t be so presumptuous and keep your hands off my disk drive.