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Chrome, IE To Allow Users To Delete Flash Cookies 110

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the different-kind-of-flash dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "The upcoming release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 will give users of most of the major browsers the ability to delete Flash cookies in much the same way that they're able to erase normal Web cookies, thanks to a better integration with privacy settings in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The addition of the ability for users to delete the cookies set by plug-ins and browser add-ons gives them better control of the security and privacy of the content on their machines and is designed to address a serious issue that's been plaguing Flash for some time. Security and privacy experts have warned about the implications of so-called Flash cookies, which are set by Flash and difficult for users to find and delete."
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Chrome, IE To Allow Users To Delete Flash Cookies

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  • by elucido (870205) * on Wednesday May 04, 2011 @12:48PM (#36025624)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evercookie [wikipedia.org]
    http://samy.pl/evercookie/ [samy.pl]

    Evercookie is unstoppable, irrevocable, undeleteable, and it represents a new trend. When is Google and Microsoft going to do something about this? Or do they and others conspire to use this evil mega cookie to track us?

  • Re:Firefox (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Wednesday May 04, 2011 @01:06PM (#36025848)

    And for Firefox users there is Better Privacy [mozilla.org].

    Actually, Firefox 4 supports this as well, out of the box.

    FWIW - and it's worth it to me - Better Privacy provides better control in that I can set duration for the cookie. Mine are deleted after 5 minutes of last access. That works for sites like youtube that store the volume setting in the flash cookie, but still gives pretty good protection against flash cookies that might be misused due to lasting until I exit firefox (something I only do once or twice a month).

  • by Nursie (632944) on Wednesday May 04, 2011 @01:32PM (#36026138)

    Really?

    Because you hear of deliberate violations of do-not-call lists, and everybody likes to make it hard to get off their spamvertising lists.

    It seems like common sense to you and me, but I'm not sure that the unethical marketing people (not all, but the unethical ones) have got there yet. They seem to think it's extra important to annoy the hell out of people who've already decided they don't want to be annoyed.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 04, 2011 @01:39PM (#36026218)

    In my tests incognito mode was enough to delete the evercookie. I simply quit the browser and restarted.. it didn't know who I was. Try it here http://samy.pl/evercookie/

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