Most computers will include various applications, running on the computer, that assist the operating system in preventing the browser - and other network applications - from allowing malicious activity on our computers. Long ago, these applications were best described in two classes.
- Firewalls. Applications that protected our computers from malicious network activity, coming from outside the computer.
- Anti-virus. Applications that protected our computers from ignorant user activity, inside the computer.
As malicious Internet activity became a normal industry - Hacking / Porn / Spam - the distinctions between "firewalls" and "anti-virus" became blurred. Nowadays, Hacking / Porn / Spam is all one activity, much of it conducted by real life "brick and mortar" organised crime - and "anti-virus" / "anti-malware" / "firewall" applications are known by one generic term - "security suites".
Many "security suites" will contain filters that target both malicious network traffic, and ignorant / malicious user level activity. Some "security suites" will contain unknown filters that mimic, or that duplicate - known filters provided in our browsers, both natively and in browser add-ons. And here we have a challenge.
When we are asking each other
Why can't I ignore my own pageviews in Stats?and
Why won't Blogger remember me?and
Why can't I use Template Designer?we frequently blame our browser settings - generally, the native ones, and occasionally the add-ons. A few blog owners carefully check their browser settings; having verified that cookies are enabled for both "Blogger.com" and "BlogSpot.com", and scripts are allowed from "Blogger.com", they spuriously conclude that there must be a problem with Blogger.