HTTP Response: Cookies

HTTP cookies are small files of alphanumeric text that web servers put on web clients. Cookies monitor the page a web client is on, to enable the web server to send more pages in the correct sequence. Web servers also use cookies to collect information about an end user. Many web sites use cookies for authentication and other legitimate functions, and cannot operate correctly without cookies.

The HTTP proxy gives you control of the cookies in HTTP responses. You can configure rules to strip cookies, based on your network requirements. The default rule for the HTTP-Server and HTTP-Client proxy action allows all cookies. You can add, delete, or modify rules.

The proxy looks for packets based on the domain associated with the cookie. The domain can be specified in the cookie. If the cookie does not contain a domain, the proxy uses the host name in the first request. For example, to block all cookies for nosy-adware-site.com, use the pattern: *.nosy-adware-site.com. If you want to deny cookies from all subdomains on a web site, use the wildcard symbol (*) before and after the domain. For example, *example.com* blocks all subdomains of example.com, such as images.example.com and mail.example.com.

Change Settings for Cookies

  1. On the Edit page for the proxy, select the Proxy Action tab.
  2. From the HTTP Response drop-down list, select Cookies.
    The Cookies settings appear.
  3. Configure the rule action.
    For more information, see Add, Change, or Delete Rules.
  4. To change settings for another category in this proxy, see the topic for that category.
  5. Click Save.

If you modified a predefined proxy action, when you save the changes you are prompted to clone (copy) your settings to a new action.

For more information on predefined proxy actions, see About Proxy Actions.

See Also

About the HTTP-Proxy

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