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What is a Cookie Grabber?
When speaking in terms of the internet rather than the kitchen, a "cookie" is the name of a piece of information your browser saves in order to allow you to be pre-logged in to various websites, remember usernames, store certain information, and do many other helpful things that wouldn't be possible without them. So what is a cookie grabber? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like.
A cookie grabber is a piece of code or a program that takes your cookies and gives them to whomever designed the grabber. This allows said person to gain access to your log in information to whatever website the grabber is from, in this case Neopets, and use it for whatever purposes they see fit. Sometimes they're just doing it to mess around and screw up your account, but other times they have more sinister objectives, such as stealing more personal information and gaining access to such things are your money.
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How do I get one?
The ways in which you can get a cookie grabber are quite numerous, but in terms of Neopets, there's really one main way that hackers would plant a cookie grabber into your account: Via the Neopets store. According to the Neopets forum, the latest Neopets cookie grabber that plagued the community was caught via the Neopets store from an item called the "Codestone". It's available for just 1NP (Neopets currency) and it can be found in one of the user shops around the site, and once you enter the shop, you've been grabbed.
Of course, this is just one way that you can get a Neopets cookie grabber. Hackers are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your cookies and get your personal information, so always be on the lookout. If you think you've gotten a cookie grabber, make sure you follow the steps in order to get rid of it.
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How can I get rid of it?
If you think you've gotten a cookie grabber from any website, Neopets or not, make sure you immediately change your password on the site, as well as your username if that's at all possible, and if you want to be even more careful you can go as far as changing your e-mail address and any other information that may be available to the hacker. Unfortunately, if they've already logged in and done their damage by the time you realize you've been hacked, it's too late. There's no way to reverse the knowledge they obtain while accessing your account, and therefore it is of utmost importance that you take precautionary measures to stop people from getting your cookies.
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If you're trying to defend yourself against cookie grabbers, there's actually a few very simple things you can do in order to protect your computer and account. Here are some tips from the Neopets website.
1. If using Windows Internet Explorer, make sure you're entirely up to date on all security patches. Internet Explorer has a history of being insecure, though, so you're never 100% protected when using it.
2. Get a more secure browser such as Mozilla's Firefox or Apple's Safari. Both of these browsers are available 100% free of charge and offer a much more secure web-surfing.
3. If you know anything about coding, go into Firefox about:config and change dom.disable_cooki_get and dom.disable_cooki_set to true. If you do not know what this means, don't worry too much about it; it's just an extra security measure that can be taken.