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Gmail Zapped by G-Zapper

feedback from Mike D, Aug 2006, Permalink


I have filled hundreds of requests for Gmail invitations over the last couple years. Most often, I never hear from the requester again. Sometimes people do write back a quick thank you note, but once in awhile, I get a letter telling me about a problem.


On 8/6/06, Mike D wrote:

Hi again Clif,


When I try to Login using my Login Name and Password, the site keeps saying my Cookies are turned off. I have checked everywhere and they are turned on and I am receiving Cookies from other sites. What gives with the GMail. com site for logging on. They sure make it difficult.


Mike D.


Hi Mike,


Gee, a cookie problem? I don't know. I've never heard of that happening. What web browser are you using?





On 8/6/06, Mike D wrote:

Clif, You provide excellent service and I do appreciate it. While waiting for your response, I found that I had previously used a program called "G-Zapper", you can Google it, had blocked the ability of Google Search to install a Cookie for tracking or whatever feedback it does. Anyway, "G-Zapper" allowed me to reverse the Block it places on Google. Things finally kicked in, after some ambiguous messages. I am in "at GMail". I have loaded some storage files and (GmailDrive) MyComputer shows the near 3GB storage. The files also show up at the GMail site. I am taking the Tutorials now. I will give it all a try. Wish me luck. Perhaps the "G-Zapper" solution will help, should another frustrated guy show up, with the same or similar problems. Thanks again for your excellent follow-up and assistance. Have a great finish to the weekend. Talk again in the future and you do have a great site yourself at Clifnotes.


Mike D


Thanks for writing in Mike, we all learned something new today!

I'd never heard of G-Zapper. Let's take a look at what it does ...





G-Zapper looks like a good program to allow you to protect your privacy during Google searches. I can show you a better way to search in privacy without installing any software. Try going to ScroogleSearch for your searching. No ads and no cookie tracking but you'll get the same search results.



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I also located another website with complete instructions for another approach to privacy while using Google search. "Protect Your Privacy from Google"


Since this whole idea of cookies and privacy came up, I contacted my good friend BillWebb, who has often expressed his opinions on privacy and Google quite well. He and I agree on this subject, and here's what he had to say about it.


From Bill Webb,

Google's privacy FAQ is a good reference for issues that might be related to the privacy of individuals using the service. (Google privacy FAQ)


Generally speaking, Google does nothing that every other site doesn't do. In fact, they're generally more forthcoming about it. Internet Accelerator and Personalized Browsing collect the most information, and Google even supplies information and allows folks to opt out of cookie collection -- although Accelerator won't work without it.


Most of the personal information logged by Google is received in the URLs it logs from web searches. That info is coded into the URLs by the sites visited, and Google records those URLs with no control over what was put in by third parties. All the other search engines do the same thing. That's how they direct their advertising and collect from their customers. Anyone with issues about that needs to visit their public library and use a public computer. Just don't enter any private information, because there it is likely to be compromised.


Bottom line, if you want anonymity while surfing, use one of the anonymizing services. Otherwise, just accept that you really have no privacy on the Web anyway, and get on with your life.


Personally, I ignore the whole issue. Of course, I have nothing to hide.







I feel that my use of the free Google services does come at some cost for my privacy, but as Bill pointed out, "Of course, I have nothing to hide".


Most of us have nothing to fear from Google.


I still have lots of Gmail invitations to give out, so don't be shy, just say I WANT GMAIL.


Any comments?