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Is there any reason you can give me that I should not disable all cookies on my computer?  Thank you.

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Cookies are not, in and of themselves, malicious or bad. When you take advantage of Google's single sign on service (where your gmail account can access other services such as drive or docs), it is able to happen because of cookies. If you use this or any services similar to this such as remaining logged in on Facebook, then you will have to leave them enabled. You can read more in depth about cookies and how they are used for legitimate purposes here http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/all_about_cookies.asp. That being said, there are ways you can go about protecting yourself from bad coookies while allowing trusted cookies to run. Here is a good place to get started on hardening your browser to prevent accidentally connecting to malicious services. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-harden-your-browser-against-malware-

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Bryan Maynard

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I can answer questions pertaining to computer systems (design, architecture, engineering, troubleshooting, etc), as well as networking, and all things related to IT security. I can also answer novice to intermediate programming questions in PHP, PowerShell, VBScript, C#/ASP.NET.

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I am a professional with over 12 years of experience in the IT industry. I have worked extensively with data center systems, including numerous types of servers, storage arrays, connectivity technologies and virtualization platforms.

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I am a member of my local CISSP chapter and maintain membership with both ISC2 and ISACA.

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I have a bachelor's degree in network security and am working towards a master's degree in information assurance. I also hold numerous professional certifications including the CISSP, CISM, ITILv3, VCP, MCITP (Server 2012), CEH, and Linux+.

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