That Cookie from atwola.com


Monday, 29 January 2007 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

I have my browsers set to ask me before any cookies are set. That way, I can set the ones I want and reject others. It’s sometimes surprising to see what domains want to set cookies when I’m not even on their site.

I think the most interesting one is one I see often and always end up totally rejecting. atwola.com

Visit htt://pr.atwola.com or http://ar1.atwola.com, and you’ll see "Nothing to see here." That doesn’t tell us who this is. www.atwola.com leads us nowhere. It’s only a WHOIS that reveals that it’s AOL. I’m not hitting AOL.com, and as far as I know, I wasn’t hitting any sites owned by AOL.

Maybe AOL wants to track your surfing. Why else drop a cookie under a domain that goes nowhere? I found this on a site about cookies and how to manually remove them:

"Atwola is an unwelcomed cookie which is shared among two or more web pages for the purpose of tracking a user’s surfing history."

You may want to say no to having your surfing history sent to AOL.


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Categories: That's Bad Marketing

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2 Responses to “That Cookie from atwola.com”

  1. Pall Stanley says:

    Interesting that we are not the only individuals thinking about cookies! (smile) Today, I was wondering finally the samething, I usually paste the links into the browser and most of the time out of curiosity to discover who’s making the money behind the cookies.
    It would worth locating a source that keeps track of or monitors all of the major cookies used by webmasters or companies. Including some details as to how they work and or there specific uses and more. Or what are the unique characteristics of each type of cookie and more.
    Believe it or not, many of the traditional criminals including drug dealers are getting into cyber crimes big time utilizing this type of technology. Why? Because it is lucrative and there are not enough government resources to catch all of them, yet.
    The criminal entrepreneurs are ahead of the government officials in terms of there understanding of the various new techniques to intercept this stuff. And the general public not aware of many ways there information can be stolen and it is challenging to prevent theft.
    Moving forward, perhaps we could collaborate and find out more behind the scenes information about the various cookies that are tracking our online activities and share it with the online world? — Pall Stanley

  2. JimB says:

    If you’re FireFox user, you can use the AdBlock addin that filters out atwola and 100s of similar domains. AdBlock will also let you subscribe to lists that are updated regularly. I’m not pitching for them, it’s really awesome. You also look at all of the resources that load on a page see which ones are blocked.
    JimB