Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

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Stupid Web site tricks

I'm fairly annoyed that Live Journal stores my username in the cookie. This means that anyone with access to your computer has a good chance of finding out not only that you have a Live Journal account, but what your account name is. This can cause problems for people who aren't aware that they can be found via shared computers (I've considered going to the library and seeing who's on Live Journal).

However, that's not nearly as bad as Friendster. They not only store your email address in your cookie, they also send your password in your cookie. In other words, if someone is capable of sniffing your network connection can get your password. If someone has physical access to your computer they can get your password. Of course, Friendster appears to be written using Java Server Pages, so what do you expect of Java Programmers ;)
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