Ubuntu and flash cookies

Basil Chupin blchupin at iinet.net.au
Fri Oct 1 03:41:50 UTC 2010

On 01/10/2010 12:22, NoOp wrote:
> On 09/30/2010 07:11 PM, Tom H wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Robert Holtzman<holtzm at cox.net>  wrote:
>>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 06:08:19PM -0400, Tom H wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Cybe R. Wizard
>>>> <cyber_wizard at mindspring.com>  wrote:
>>>>> Here's a news article about flash cookies:
>>>>> http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/110838/cookies-cause-bitter-backlash?mod=family-kids_parents
>>>>> Does anyone have knowledge of them and whether they affect ubuntu or
>>>>> Linux browsers/software in general?
>>>> They affect any browser that uses flash in any OS or distribution.
>>>> On Linux, you can delete them from
>>>> /home/<user>/.macromedia/Flash_Player/
>>> On my box ~/.macromedia is empty. A better solution is the "Better
>>> Privacy" extension (assuming you use Firefox).
>> Then "Better Privacy" must be doing its job...
> Just be careful with 'Better Privacy' et al; many banking sites use the
> macromedia folder to store their cookies (Chase Bank is an example)&  if
> you get the settings wrong those cookies get deleted. The result is that
> you then need to do an email exchange with the bank the next time you
> try to log in&  that can become a real PITA if you log into your bank
> frequently.

 From the quick once-over while I was installing BetterPrivacy, you have 
the ability to protect a cookie from deletion which would solve this 
problem with banks. But as I said, it was only a quick once-over, and 
since I never do any banking over the net this is not a problem for me 


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