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Alexa and stuff

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Hi everybody

I am running an ad campaign on amazon.com, wish I had a choice but I don't, for my wife's new book. The class that I took suggested I install Alexa to track sites that have a high traffic so that I could email them to help with the campaign.

Q1: Does Alexa compromise my computer?

Q2: Why does amazon.com give me the folowing error message when I attempt to join their advantage program.

Amazon.com Timeout

Something about your request to Amazon.com caused our server to take a long time ... longer than we would like. So, we automatically stopped the program. Please try again.

Or, continue on to the Amazon.com Home Page.

As for their "Tech Support," they have informed me that I need to do the following:

-- Verify that your computer's clock is set to the accurate date and
time. If your clock is more than a few minutes off your local
time, it will interfere with your ability to log in to your

-- Verify that your browser software is set to accept cookies.
Cookies are small pieces of data that our server sends to your
computer to identify you uniquely. The web browser you use can be
set to accept all cookies. Cookie-blocking programs will need to
be removed or disabled so that you will be able to log in to your

If you use another Web browser or a Web gateway such as AOL or MSN,
you may need to check with your Internet Service Provider's
technical support to ensure that your security settings are set to
allow all cookies.

-- You must be able to access SSL sites (Secure Socket Layer) to
access your Amazon.com Advantage account. Your browser must be
able to make an SSL connection to our server in order to make your
connection to your account page secure and not able to be
intercepted by others in transit. To ensure your browser is able
to access SSL sites, you should have a newer version of the
browser. Here's how to check your Browser's version number:

They also suggest that I contact my service provider. Well I have tried several computers with both Comcast cable and Verizon DSL, but to no avail.

Sorry this is so long but I wanted to give you as much info as possible.

Please any info on Alexa being god or bad would be welcomed.


Martin Jordan
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