StatCounter - Nasty pest or simply a cookie?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Minibyte, Oct 19, 2004.

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  1. Minibyte

    Minibyte Registered Member

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    I am in the process of developing a web site. I want web stats that show visitors, not just hits. In searching for a counter that meets my needs I found StatCounter.

    http://www.statcounter.com/

    Before registering and installing, I searched the web for comments and reviews. It gets high ratings. However, PestPatrol classifies it as a Tracking Cookie pest which it can remove.

    http://www.pestpatrol.com/zks/pestinfo/s/statcounter.asp

    I need some clarification and all searches merely took me in circles. Is Statcounter merely a cookie which is used to track a visitor's activity on a site, or does it do some nasty things? Is it included for removal by PestPatrol simply because it is a harmless cookie, but takes up space and some people dislike cookies?
     
  2. se7engreen

    se7engreen Registered Member

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    As far as I know, it's a chunk of code people drop into their websites to count the number of hits the site gets. I do believe this can also report to the site creator an approximate geographical location and possibly your OS.
     
  3. Minibyte

    Minibyte Registered Member

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    Yes, it collects that info. Location is just name of country. No personal information is collected. But why is in identified as a pest? Are all tracking cookies considered Pests?
     
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    se7engreen Registered Member

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    Sorry, I should've read more thouroughly.
    It does set a cookie, and it can be considered a tracking cookie, but it doesn't do anything malicious to anyone's system. I'm sure some people will remove the cookie and be recognized as a new user everytime they visit your site.

    I don't use pest patrol but I'd guess that it considers most tracking cookies as pests. I wouldn't worry about it too much as you're only trying to gather stats for yourself and the cookie that statcouter sets will not harm anyone's computer.
     
  5. Minibyte

    Minibyte Registered Member

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    Thank you very much. I thought it was safe, but as I had never used a counter, I wanted to check it out. Your answer took care of my question and concerns.
     
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