If your friend was more than a "bit" techy, he wouldn't care what Norton was saying about cookies. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about virus protection knows Norton is the LAST place to go for help on that subject.
Also, cookies do not contact you or your users, all they do is sit on your computer and notify the website of your return to a particular site. Yes, there are "tracking cookies" out there, but I doubt Network54 employs intrusive tracking cookies. Cookies, in this case, are used to store your "logged in" or "not logged in" status when you return.
If you want to see exactly what is in a Netweork54 cookie, do a search on your computer for files and folders containing "network54". Your search will return one or more text files that look similar to an e-mail address. Open one of them and read what is inside. You will see your username, any referring link that you used to get to Network54, your e-mail address and lots of numbers (info most likely encrypted for your security while logging in, etc..). There is no programming in there, no way to contact you without your knowledge, etc...
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