Cookies and Privacy
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Some Problems with Cookies
The problem is privacy, not security
Servers can remember your previous actions 
If you give out personal information, servers can link that 
information to your previous actions
Servers can share cookie information through use of a 
cooperating third party like doubleclick.net
Poorly designed sites store sensitive information like 
credit card numbers directly in cookie
Morals for servlet authors
If cookies are not critical to your task, avoid servlets that 
totally fail when cookies are disabled
Don t put sensitive info in cookies
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