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Windows 7: Flash Cookies

25 Sep 2010   #1
richc46

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Flash Cookies

Although this article is 3 years old, the information will be a surprise to many. Flash cookies can be installed on your computer (they are hard to find) and among other things reinstall regular cookies as soon as we delete them.
Flash Cookies explained


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25 Sep 2010   #2
marsmimar

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I found a free utility that is much more user friendly then the Adobe Settings Manager if you want to rid your machine of flash cookies. It's called Flash Cookies Cleaner v1.2 :

Download Flash Cookies Cleaner 1.2 Free - Removes every Flash Cookie from your system - Softpedia
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25 Sep 2010   #3
Anak

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Hi! rich,

Good article.
I am using FireFox 3.6.10, and have the "Better Privacy" add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623/ Its job is to delete LSOs on demand or on exit of FireFox.

Have noticed no detrimental effects, and my

[Root drive]:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\


And:
\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys subdirectory.


Are always empty.
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25 Sep 2010   #4
richc46

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They can be cleaned out with Ccleaner.
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25 Sep 2010   #5
richc46

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Here is the actual link to adjust your flash cookies
Adobe - Flash Player : Settings Manager - Global Privacy Settings Panel
The panel that you see is an actual link to the settings.
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25 Sep 2010   #6
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Here is the actual link to adjust your flash cookies
Adobe - Flash Player : Settings Manager - Global Privacy Settings Panel
The panel that you see is an actual link to the settings.
rich,

I've used that manager for a couple of years now, and the one thing that strikes me is why adobe feels the need to have it set up that way instead of being able to control the settings from your own system.

They (adobe) have always had this machiavellian attitude about their programs and it has only (IMO) been the recent activity concerning their outdated security programming that has spurred them into action.

But, why, do they stubbornly hold to this archaic thinking of on-line managing?

I can only see one reason, and that is profit from the uninformed masses that do not realize what is transpiring right under their noses by having "cookies" revealing where, what, who, and how the users of their (adobe) product are conducting business on the internet.

What are your feelings on this?
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25 Sep 2010   #7
richc46

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First, I feel that it is something that can be remedied quite easily; but it is not. The question, at hand, is why.
First, this is my opinion, dont know anything more than you. I do know, however, that flash software is on the market so that money can be made. That much is a given. It is interesting to note that one feature of these flash cookies, is that it gives the abilty to other companies to use Zombie Cookies; cookies that as soon as we delete are reinstalled. It would be my opinion that the company that placed the cookie has an immediate benefit. Could it be that Adobe benefits somehow from this arrangement? Several possiblites come to mind, but I rather not put it in print.
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25 Sep 2010   #8
Anak

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Then I can only surmise the reasoning for your original post would be to

Remain Ever-Vigilant.
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25 Sep 2010   #9
richc46

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The only reason that I made that first post is because a stituation exists that all users of Flash should be made aware. Regardless of the method used to delete those cookies, knowldege of the situation is required.
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25 Sep 2010   #10
TOF

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One extension that you will never see in Google Chrome is "Better Privacy". This handy extension deletes flash cookies automatically and his highly configurable. Since Google needs Google Chrome to gather data about you for their clients, they aren't likely going to adopt this extension any time soon. Better Privacy Deletes Sneaky Flash Cookies From Firefox - PCWorld
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