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Deleted Zombie Cookies (Adobe Flash) follows you around.
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nooby

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 11:57    Post_subject:  Deleted Zombie Cookies (Adobe Flash) follows you around.  

BBC has this text.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10787882

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28 July 2010 Last updated at 18:39 GMT

Legal action on 'zombie cookies' filed in US court

The lawsuit alleges that a number of firms, including Hulu, MTV, and Myspace, used a Quantcast Flash application to restore deleted cookies.


Hahah no wonder our pupsave files grows. They restore what we delete.
They sure love to know what we look at.

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drongo


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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 12:05    Post_subject: Somebody posted a fix for this  

Can't remember who it was. Basically you create a symlink so that all of your Flash cookies get sent to /dev/null . I assume this folder is not stored at shutdown. Flash cookies can be quite large.

Open a terminal and type the following:-

ln -s /dev/null /root/.macromedia

Thanks to whoever it was. Sorry I have forgotten your name, but at least I remembered your symlink.
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 12:57    Post_subject:  

Thanks, I looked there and found a lot of files.

You mean one can delete them without any trouble later. Smile

I mean one goes to gmail so would it not take away my ability to log in or something?

Just me very naive I guess.

I rather delete such manually than trust some script me could mess up.

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 13:13    Post_subject: manual deletion  

nooby,

Nothing to stop you manually deleting cookies from that folder after you finish browsing.

It's a hidden folder in Windows and it is difficult to delete anything from there. If you want to delete Flash cookies from a Windows machine just boot up in Puppy and mount the Windows partition.

If you are running from Puppy you can view the folder easily and delete anything you like. One benefit of running as root is you can do anything you like! (Of course you can mess up anything you like as well.)

There is a tool on the Adobe site that lets you delete cookies from a Windows machine but it doesn't delete the ones from Adobe.

I have never missed a Flash cookie after /dev/nulling it. I do keep some normal cookies on my machines, however. Not many though.

I don't want to be profiled, tracked, cross-referenced, marketed at, advertised to and so on. I don't really care if these people rely on my details to make a living. Let them eat their cookies if they are that good for people.
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 16:14    Post_subject:  

Thanks, yes that is why I love Puppy, it gives even total newbies control which is both good and bad.

I've messed up installations so many times. But wow how easy to set up a frugal install.

At one time me had 25 to 30 puppies and many others too.

Now I have at most 3 to 5 going. Quirky and puppeee and wary and Qret and Lupu and some more.

Quirky seems easiest for me to get used to. I don't like SeaMonkey though but have slowly accepted that it is there. Took me months to not get upset each time me saw it.

I use Firefox most of the time and try to learn Chrome too but very new to me.

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 02:21    Post_subject:  

nooby, doesn`t the firefox add on " better privacy" remove these flash cookies?.
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 05:54    Post_subject:  

tubby wrote:
nooby, doesn`t the firefox add on " better privacy" remove these flash cookies?.


You have to ask somebody who use better privacy to test it.

But I doubt that the makers of better privacy have direct access to the adobe homepage and them delete the copy there that get recreated??? if that is how it works?

I am too lazy to test and I don't trust me to know how to test it either.
I posted this to help those who wonder about what all the flash files are for.

Why they love to have them on www.aftonbladet.se and other media.

They are so many that my 1GB is too small the browser crash or totally lock up.

I use noscript to stop most of them and that helps a bit.

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 08:27    Post_subject:  

I do not need anyone to test it for me nooby, as i already know it deletes all flash related cookies on my system.
Try it on your own, after all it is only another addon for firefox. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 09:17    Post_subject:  

I am using Chromium on lupu 507 does it really help if Google do almost same thing.

Is there a Better Privacy version for linux chromium?

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 11:18    Post_subject:  

Very helpful info. I just added BetterPrivacy..never heard of it before. I suspected flash was behind malware issues on Windows computers that weren't getting fixed by deleting cookies. Hopefully, this should fix it. I'm amazed that none of the malware software touches them.
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul 2010, 11:57    Post_subject:  

I have read that they can be sued if they touch such things.
similar with some other malware.

It is a crazy world indeed. Smile

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