Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2013 7:05 PM (in response to malagasny)
1. No. I wouldn't worry. I'm guessing the contacts are linked to his hotmail account so regardless of what computer he'd be on the same thing would've happened.
2. Generally it's a good idea to clear cookies you aren't familiar with I find that most often cookies are from third party advertising agencies which are used for advertising and tracking your behavior - you can clear all of them at once or remove them manually in case you frequent websites that require cookies.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to xtremecarbon)
Thanks for responding. Regarding cookies: There are over 800 on my computer and I have no idea which websites require cookies. If I clear them all, will the websites requiring cookies just ask for permissions when I revisit them? I don't want to mess anything up. Do people typically keep them cleared?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to malagasny)
2. When I searched Safari re: security, clearing cookies was mentioned, but with a warning as to website's behavior if we clear. Should cookies be cleared on a regular basis? It's something we've never done, mainly because we don't understand it all.
You'd be surprised how many cookies sites deposit on your computer. Cookies are used mostly for marketing purposes (so they are an annoyance) with the exception of financial institutions who use it to verify that it's your computer trying to sign in. I regularly go through them and weed them out. My reason for not clearing them all is because one of my banks requires me to call them for assistance if I wipe out that cookie - their site does not recognize my Mac and in order to get a temporary password, I have to call them. It's an antiquated and annoying thing because other sites can easily deal with it, but there is nothing I can do. So, I weed out the cookies manually in order to keep my bank's cookies intact.
Just scroll down the list of cookies and delete whatever you don't recognize - trust me, the next time you'll visit the site, they'll deposit another cookie thinking you've never visited there previously. Here is a small portion of mine:
I'm going to delete every one except Apple's...