First vs third party cookies + delete cookies on exit (IE7)

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by worstelm, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. worstelm

    worstelm Guest

    For one reason or another, I am somehow trying to rally some faith in a
    Microsoft product and hoping that I am maybe just missing something, despite
    having thoroughly searched IE7's menus and much of the built-in help
    (Help>Contents & Index).

    So first off, what defines a "first party" cookie and what defines a "third
    party" cookie? What's the point in making this distinction? I thought that
    IE7 (and Vista in general) were supposed to make things simpler and easier...
    so what gives with the terminology? Heck, I don't even see "first party"
    mentioned anywhere in IE7's help docs (again, Help>Contents & Index).

    Secondly, IE7's security seems severely crippled by the lack of flexibility
    the user has in the privacy settings. It takes me maybe five clicks to tell
    Firefox to dump my cookies on exit... and apparently IE7 can only do this for
    these "third party" cookies. This brings me back to the definition of "first
    party" vs "third party" cookies. I logged into a site yesterday with IE7 as I
    was tired of Opera's issues with said site. Closed IE7 when I was done. Shut
    down later. I boot back up today and I'm not logged out of the site in IE7.
    This is where I began looking at security settings and found that the privacy
    setting slider bar never once says "will delete all cookies on exit" and even
    if it did, some of those security settings seem rather restrictive (well, for
    me; I know how to handle my computer and keep it safe - what d'y'know, this
    cookie thing is one of them!). So have I just missed the "delete all cookies
    on exit" setting? Or is it honestly not there?

    For reference, I'm using IE 7.0.5730.11.
    worstelm, Nov 4, 2006
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