Posts Tagged ‘flash cookies’

Firefox’s New Third Party Cookie Handling Lands in Nightly

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

This sounds like a step in the right direction, but it also seems like they could have gone farther in order to better protect user privacy …

The Internet would not be the same without cookies. These little text snippets are used for a variety of purposes, most notable to store session information but also for preferences and other data that the site operators want their users to make use of across sessions. There is a dark side as well and it is firmly linked to the advertising and marketing world. Cookies are used to track users across websites they visit.


Internet Explorer Gets Flash Cookies Removal

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Considering that there’s a similar feature in the new version of Google Chrome Canary, this seems to be a growing trend for web browsers …

Adobe announced in January that they would better integrate Flash Player with browser privacy controls for managing local storage. It basically meant that the storage of future Adobe Flash Player versions could be controlled directly by a web browser’s web history deletion options. Flash Cookies, or local shared objects, are stored outside of the browser’s reach currently, which means that deleting the browsing history will not delete those cookies. That is a privacy problem considering that Flash Cookies are often used by advertising companies to track users.


Flash Cookie Cleaning Improved in Google Chrome

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This looks like a good reason to upgrade to Google Chrome Canary …

Google Chrome is the only web browser that offers a direct link to access the storage settings of Adobe Flash Player to delete local shared objects, commonly known as Flash cookies.

It still means that you have to click on an extra link to open the settings before you can delete the additional objects in the Chrome browser, but that’s better than providing no link at all.


Adobe Plans to Integrate Flash Cookie Cleaning in Browsers

Friday, January 14th, 2011

This is good news …

One of the main problems with flash cookies, or local shared objects (LSOs), is that they are harder to clean than regular cookies. For regular cookies the browser offers all the means to edit and delete them. That’s supported by all major browsers for a very long time. Local Shared Objects on the other hand are out of reach which means that it is not that easy to delete them. The second problem associated with them is that many users do not even know that they exist. And if they do, they need to find out how they can be deleted. That’s a usability nightmare for users who are inexperienced or not that tech-savvy.


Web Browsers Traces Eraser

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

This is third party software, so beware … but it still sounds useful.

When you surf the web you leave traces behind, both remotely but also locally. While you do not have options to remove traces remotely other than obfuscating them by using proxy servers, vpn connections or other methods of that kind, you do have more options to deal with traces on the local computer system.