Privacy Issues about the
Every time you bookmark a page in MSIE 5 it will send to the web
server a request for a file named
favicon.ico (see "MSIE 5 favicon bug" for an
explanation about what this file is, along other nice things). This
give to web servers admins a way to know that someone has bookmarked
it's site; the info includes the date and time of the operation plus
the address IP of the machine which bookmarked the site. This may or
may not bother you.
MSIE 5 will reveal to web servers admins that you bookmarked their
It seems that it's not possible to turn off this feature, so if this
bother you, don't bookmark sites with MSIE 5 or don't use it at all.
What Microsoft is Doing
Microsoft was not contacted about this issue. They were already
informed about a a much more dangerous issue
favicon.ico file and took no measure to fix it
in about one month. I don't have plans to contact them about this
privacy issue just because I don't want to waste my time anymore with
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This issue was discovered in april 1999 by Flavio Veloso <email@example.com>.