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Category: Software Published on Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Maxa Cookie Manager Munches on Hidden Threats

I never gave much thought to those nasty cookies sitting in the deep, dark depths of my hard drive, figuring that my Internet security software and periodic use of CCleaner would deal with them. Imagine my red-faced embarrassment after I discovered I was being lulled into a false sense of security.

Maxa Cookie Manager Pro ($35), developed by Maxa Research International Inc., found cookies that my other cookie-munching programs missed that were full of information on my browsing habits and contained personal details, such as my email address and, in some cases, my passwords and shopping preferences. These so-called "super cookies" are immune to standard security scans and can give unscrupulous Internet marketers tons of tidbits of information about you.

Using the program is a pretty simple process. Once the initial scan of your computer is finished, you see a list of cookies it found on your hard drive highlighted in red, yellow and green, with the red ones being the most dangerous and the green ones being basically harmless.

Then it's up to you. You can review each cookie and decide which ones you want to keep, or send them all into oblivion with the click of a button.

The only complaints I had with the software were the annoying sound effects (a buzzing bee, cookie munching, etc.) and the fact that it is one of those annoying programs that feels it has to start up when you boot up your PC.

But those annoyances are insignificant when you compare them to the extra layer of security the program provides for you computer.

For more information, check out the company's website at www.maxa-tools.com. You can download a free copy of the Cookie Manager from the website, but it lacks many of the features available in Cookie Manager Pro.

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