Gransnet forums



(19 Posts)
Anne58 Thu 13-Mar-14 22:07:46

Hello all, I was wondering if it is possible to these to happen by accident?

If you go to tools, internet options, settings, view files, it brings up a box that shows cookies, but also some things with the tag label "favicon" and I'm not sure how they got there!

So, do they just happen or do they have to be created?

janerowena Thu 13-Mar-14 22:53:14

It's a tool for making your own sort of I can't think how to put it....personal mark? You can attach it to your blog for example, or your website. So if you read a blog in Blogger, there will be a red B next to it in your favourites. A W for Wordpress. But you can make up your own.

newist Thu 13-Mar-14 22:58:29

Its an abbreviation for favorite icons

Anne58 Fri 14-Mar-14 09:52:29

Thanks, I realised what it was, but am not sure if they only show when you have sort of "book marked" a site or if they happen automatically.

I'm having real trouble explaining myself!

newist Fri 14-Mar-14 11:07:24

I mostly use FireFox for browsing, they have a built in system that automatically adds favicons when you bookmark a page, They were invented originally so that it kept count of how many people bookmarked a page, is that any help?

Anne58 Fri 14-Mar-14 15:17:03

Sort of newist What I'm trying to ask is if they can appear by accident, i.e. for a site you have never visited?

(I do have a reason for asking, it's not idle curiosity)

Anne58 Fri 14-Mar-14 19:18:13


newist Fri 14-Mar-14 20:18:41

To the best of my knowledge they should only get into your computer if you have used a site, by saving or downloading something, they should not get into your computer by themselves

Anne58 Fri 14-Mar-14 20:32:08

Thanks newist that helps.

Lona Sat 15-Mar-14 08:24:47

Just Google it phoenix, there are lots of explanations smile

Anne58 Sat 15-Mar-14 10:12:46

Lona I have googled, lots of info on how to create them but couldn't find the answer to my question.

Elegran Sat 15-Mar-14 10:57:25

Phoenix Wikipedia says "Originally, the favicon was a file called favicon.ico placed in the root directory (e.g., of a web site. It was used in Internet Explorer's favorites (bookmarks) and next to the URL in the address bar if the page was bookmarked. A side effect was that the number of visitors who have bookmarked the page could be estimated by the requests of the favicon. This side effect no longer works, as all modern browsers support the favicon without bookmarking."

So I think that any site you visit, bookmarked or not, will download a favicon along with the sites URL.

Elegran Sat 15-Mar-14 10:58:20

Sorry, forgot the link.

Elegran Sat 15-Mar-14 10:59:13

Also forgot apostrophe - site's URL.

Anne58 Sat 15-Mar-14 17:29:52

So I think that any site you visit, bookmarked or not, will download a favicon along with the sites URL

Thank you Elegran I had a feeling that that was the case.

Ana Sat 15-Mar-14 17:51:32

Should we be worried by this? confused

Elegran Sat 15-Mar-14 18:44:48

No more than you might worry about your browser downloading the site URL. It does that every time you visit a site - any site - so that you can use that site on that occasion, and stores the info for the future.

What may happen is that the browser could have so many site addresses stored that it takes a long time checking each one each time you turn it on.

A spring-clean of the list of the contents of History and Temporary Internet Files every so often could make a difference to the speed of your connection. You can probably set your browser to delete History and Temporary Files when it is turned off.

Or you can get a free app to do a spring-clean for you (eg Ccleaner) and use that every week or month or whatever. It cleans other unnecessary stuff too. But make sure you get a reputable one.

Anne58 Sat 15-Mar-14 23:35:29

Depends on the sites, Ana

Ana Sun 16-Mar-14 10:21:37

Oh, well I haven't visited any disreputable ones as far as I know, phoenix, so that's all right.