Paul B. Gallagher wrote:
I frequent a certain Automotive Forum.
If I am on that forum and go to "work off line" and hang up,
then come back maybe 30 minutes later, go "online" and redial,
would that forum still be active - or would I have to re-log in ?
If my browser is still on that forum does it just continue where
I left off....
If that were to work, I could frequent the Forum w/o keeping the
phone line tied up.
Sites that require login generally set a cookie that they can read
whenever they need to verify that you've logged in. If you clear
cookies or close your browser (which may well clear cookies if that's
the way you've set your prefs), the site will fail to read the
nonexistent cookie and require you to log in again. But generally just
sitting there (online or offlien) will not clear the cookie. And if
you have SeaMonkey set to leave cookies alone on close, you can
probably close and reopen it with no problem.
However, some sites have policies that defeat this approach. Many
financial sites will clear cookies after nn minutes of inactivity as a
security measure. And one of my favorite public-records sites clears
all cookies at 1 AM every night and requires me to re-sign their
Wait a minute! - I can set my prefs to clear (or not) the cookies ?!
Edit | Preferences | Privacy & Security | Cookies
Under "Cookie Retention Policy," if you choose "Accept for current
session only," all cookies will be cleared whenever you close SeaMonkey
(same as with Mozilla before it).
If you allow sites to set longer-lived cookies, many of them will, and
those that do will survive a shutdown.
There are additional settings under the buttons "View Privacy Settings"
and "Cookie Manager." For example, the site scammer.com may have an
acceptable policy as defined in your privacy settings, but if you still
want to reject their cookies, you can overrule the policy with the
Cookie Manager and specify that this particular site can never set a cookie.
War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.
Paul B. Gallagher
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