This is not a complaint about this web site, but information for those of you who may wish to opt-out of google AdSense. When on a sight, such as this with an AdChoices box like the one on the left side, google uses your stored cookies to direct ads to the display box to get you to click on an item of interest, that indirectly pays google and or the host provider, using "Pay Per Click" technology. This is the kind of thing that pays sites like Facebook, Google, etc... millions of dollars a week. That is their business and why there are in existence.
You can tell your particular internet browser that you don't want to store "cookies" on your computer, but that makes it difficult to log into many sites, that require a cookie on your computer for access with a user name and password. When you click on the "Remember Me" box, after putting in your User Name and Password you are telling the site to store a cookie with your sign in information on your computer. Next time you visit the site, it know who you are and the sign in is much easier. Those kind of cookies are not the harmful ones and probably are not being tracked by the web site owner. (see my closing comments about my site cookies)
When you do a google search on any item, they place a "Google Cookie" on your computer with the item searched for being targeted. This leads to your getting unwanted web page ads, based on that particular cookie. These are the cookies that are a PITA for most of us. And it is not just google, but any search engine that you may opt to use. Now you know how often, when you visit even a web site for the first time, something of your interest may be pushed at your during your visit.
Here is what you can do to get away from these ads being pushed to your screen by Google. First click on the AdChoices icon at the top of the advertising box on the upper left of this page. That will take you to the Google site where you can choose to opt-out of them tracking your cookies. Click on the "Ads Preferences Manager" link. It will bring up a list of all of your cookies that Google is tracking and give you the opportunity to remove them one by one. And, you may be surprised at how many and the kind of things that google is tracking about your interests. Everybody should do this, it can be a real eye opener!
Doing that will GREATLY reduce the number of ads coming to the Google AdChoices box on the left of your screen. Yes, that will take money out of this webs site providers pocket by not having any "Pay Per Click" income from item that may be of interest to you, solely because at one time, who knows when, you used google search to look up some information, thereby setting a cookie on your computer for that information you looked up.
Cookies only have one purpose on your computer, to help others track where you go and what your interests are so you can be targeted for promotions of one kind or another as you surf the web. In addition, if for some reason you leave your email address on a site, that information can end up in the cookie as well. As an example, this leads to you getting email from 20 different car companies after you searched for a particular model of car or truck, where you were ask to leave an email contact address. But that is a whole other story and adventure to talk about.
All of the other search engines, like Bing, yahoo, eBay, twitter, Wikipedia, amazon, etc... are making millions targeting you and selling your interests to commercial enterprise, all based on your cookie information. Federal regulations have forced all of them to provide an opt-out opportunity to all users, but believe me, it is not always easy to find on their site!
Hopefully this information will be of some help to others. You can probably tell, sometimes these kind of things get my dander up and it leads to me trying to provide an "ah ha" teaching moment to the reader.
And in closing, yes, when you visit my website, I place a cookie on your computer too! I don't know who you are, but do know where you are and what you were interested in on my site. Go to my site, http://www.mrrace.com and click on the "View My Stats" link in the lower left corner of any of my pages. You will be amazed at the amount of information I get from visitors. In my case, this is statistical information only, so I can see how my web site is being used by my visitors.
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As always, comments and questions are always welcomed,