Just don't install Adobe Browser "Helper" software
Job done. Or must I assume that my Chrome latest version is suckered by these LSOs too?
Adobe has finally fixed a privacy weakness that threatened users of its ubiquitous Flash Player: the software's storing of cookie-like files that many websites used to track visitors' behavior against their wishes. So-called LSOs, or local shared objects, are useful for storing user preferences, such as the preferred sound …
Firefox extensions, people should use them. Better Privacy allows control of LSOs, Cookie Monster lets me control normal cookies and ABP lets me control what content my browser loads.
This set allows me to have some confidence that I'm in control of the information being stored and handed out by my computer.
For instance, there's no need for facebook to know when I'm visiting other sites, yet they do because of the facebook buttons you now find everywhere. Solution - facebook content and cookies are blocked outside of the facebook domain.
As a result the web is a faster, cleaner experience.
The thread you linked to (already approved for Firefox) has e-mails coming to / from the following domains:
So Apple are certainly involved in some form or another (but this doesn't, obviously, say whether anything related will show up in Safari)..
I still rely on the BetterPrivacy add-on for Firefox to clear all the LSO's that build up when I'm online. Whether Adobe offers a cleaner user interface than that weird Flash Cookie web site before doesn't give me any more confidence in Adobe's ethics. The whole premise for LSO's is quite insidious -- they're not just some kind of enhanced browser cookie, in principle there's deception included by design.Sadly, Adobe's stance on privacy is no better than on the security aspects of their products.
I've said it before and I'll say it again here: You may not want to watch BBC iPlayer*, 4OD or ITV Player or play Fantastic Contraption, GrowCube or Hapland but some of us do.
Until the whole web is HTML5 and there is no Flash then not using Flash, in my case and I'm sure others also, renders my PC pretty much unusable for one of the primary purposes I bought it for in the first place -- enjoying web media.
With all the stories going around about Flash all hte time I don't think anyone would use Flash if they felt they could do without it.
*I am aware of Get iPlayer, it has worked a couple of times and now it doesn't -- it is also no longer supported by its creator and is possibly frowned upon by the BBC.
With the addition of the "Better Privacy" selection under on the 'Tools' menu on Firefox, there is an option that allows you to remove LSO cookies either upon approval by the user or automatically. I am not sure what effect this would have on browsing. I have read up on LSO cookies , but did not find a clear-cut answer to whether it's a good thing to delete them or not .
ALSO: I have used adblocker plus with Firefox, and noticed the increasing presence of Flashplayer advertisements, which adblocker does not remove.
So, to summarize,Dan, yes you do have an opinion and you do have the right to express it, but, opinions are like arseholes. Everybody has got one. Unfortunately for us, yours is always on display.
OK. That's ONE of the multitude of problems dealt with.
At this rate, the last of them will be solved in the year 45,234. Hopefully my monkey bulter will bring the news to me (a head in a jar) just before I start the hovercar to go to work.
...and if the hovercar uses any Adobe software then I just won't be going to work incase I fall out of the sky ;)
An add-on for (at least) the Mac version of Safari, called Safari Cookies, allows one to selectively delete Flash Cookies.
A bit disappointed that Safari Cookies doesn't allow one to selectively block cookies. But it seems in Safari if one says "do not accept cookies" that does exactly as said, doesn't accept new cookies but will serve existing cookies if requested. I preferred the pop-up dialog when Konqueror was set to "Ask".
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