NO MORE COOKIES (?) FOR PRIVACY
Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:24:06 PM
So after doing some online research and reading about some
EYE POPPING INFORMATION straight from Yahoo and my own painstaking trial and errors over a week, I think I have a much better control over cookies being stopped instead of 1,000's of them in the folder all the time.
This is the Wall Street Journal article
Check this page out from Yahoo and especially the last paragraph !!!
Basically just Check DO Not Accept Cookies in the browser, and then decide on a case by case basis using Edit Site Preferences to allow cookies for that site or not. Keeps It Simple. Best thing is to do this first after a fresh Clean Install of the Browser.
Set to Block Cookies and then after web surfing you can set each one by using the Edit Preferences setting when you Right Click that page for Options.
I tested this first using a fresh Install of Firefox 11,
(In case anything went wrong)
I noticed with a clean browser and Cookies set to not accept any 1st or 3rd party cookies, that you can see quite a lot of web sites without cookies.
It seems anytime you need an account to buy or log in to a specific site for your own personal password setup then you need to enable cookies by right clicking a blank spot on the page, select the View Info box, and under Permissions Unchecking the default cookie setting and either
Allow or Allow for Session or Block Cookies.
Pretty simple for Firefox, and easy to do.
Pages seems faster too with rejecting cookies.
In Opera there are more Site Preferences to set and go thru when you right click a blank spot on a web page. Then select the "Edit Site Preferences".
Even if you set Preferences to Block All Cookies they still use the Flash Player LSO's like You Tube does to set your Video playback settings.
But that is how Google got in trouble because of the LSO backdoor!
But then you have to go to Adobe's Flash Setting Panel Manager Page to make the adjustments there if you want to allow or be asked when a site wants to put a Flash Cookie on your PC.
In Windows its under Documents and Settings,UserName,Application Data,Macromedia,Flash Player, Shared Objects, this is where they are stored on the PC and you can see what sites actually have a flash cookie in use on your PC.
These are the 3rd party flash cookies that are used for a Flash Video.
If its unchecked some web sites will be blank ! Thats how much they use it and rely on it.
A lot to think about what is going on behind the scenes just to get a web page.
It would be easier if all these ads didn't need to be shown anyways, with a lot less cookie info used, just like the early days of the web.
So its up to you...
I tried Opera using the Browser to Refuse All Cookies on a clean set up and it worked fine until a banking site,Amazon account,I Tune account,personal account log on blog, etc...needs cookies.
Then you have to set specific preferences for them one by one.
But this keeps the Cookie Files to a minimum and you'll notice most sites display fine without any cookies and not waiting for advertisements to load.
And you also should see a slight speed increase
I highly recommend two Search Engines
that Do Not Record your I.P. Address or store any information about your searches using Cookies, because they don't use any cookie unless you change the sites preferences in its look.
I have them set as defaults to replace Google and Bing:
I have Duck Duck Go in Opera
and StartPage in Firefox,
so I can see the search results from either browser that I use at the time without them recording any search information.
They both work good and are much easier on the eyes to find information.
Read about their backgrounds and company info too, its interesting.