THIRD PARTY COOKIES , OPT-OUT COOKIES AND GOOGLE ANALYTICS
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 5:44:41 PM
January 2012 Updated (twice)
After a New Install of the OPERA Browser the first thing I do after opening it, is to go to Yahoo's Privacy web page and click on Opt-Out of its Cookies from its site, since its a clean copy to be set up right from the start.
Then I go to the NAI Network Advertising Initiative website,
www.networkadvertising.org and Opt-Out of all their Cookies.
(Follow the Instructions on their page to do it properly)
And another page to Opt-Out of is
The Self Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising
sheesh what a name!
you can check all the advertisers at that website to see if the cookies are being taken by OPERA and its cookie settings.
Actually, You Can Avoid all this Cookie Mess if you just select in,
Settings,Advanced, Cookies, "Only accept Cookies from websites I visit".
Then 3rd Party cookies won't be accepted at all, if they are needed you can select on a case by case basis by right clicking a web page in Opera and selecting, Edit Site Preferences.
By not allowing 3rd Party cookies on most sites, you should see a faster page loading instead of waiting for that one last ad..
I then leave them in the Cookie folder since they will opt out for any future use.
Yahoo says they now have persistent opt-out cookies even if you delete the browser session each time. As long as you sign in with your Yahoo ID it does seem to keep the settings to Opt-Out each time you restart the browser.
Google has its own Opt-Out policy and settings but it doesn't work with OPERA as usual they block it.
But I do have that added in FIREFOX to block Google ads.
As of January 9th 2012:
Google Analytics Opt-Out now has an Extension that works with OPERA.
This is an important extension to have.
It helps stop Tracking by other websites that use this information to serve ads or follow you on the web.
Google gets too much information and tracking detail from everyone using their site or even if you aren't !
Sometimes by Opting Out of Google cookies you might not be able to see some Videos or have a page function work, well thats their problem tracking users.
In Opera you can select "Edit Site Preferences" by right clicking a blank spot on the page and decide on a case by case basis if a cookie is needed, for E-Mail, Banking, personal info....
This is a really confusing choice whether to Refuse All Cookies, Allow All Cookies , or select Only Accept Cookies from the Site I Visit,
which is 1st party cookies only, usually not ad servers with another 3rd party cookie.
You have to try the setup either way to see what works best if you want some "control" of Cookies from sites.
I find that just to Never Accept Cookies is the best and easiest way to use the Browser.
And you won't have to deal with 3rd party cookies.
You will see websites respond faster not waiting for that last ad to show up.
You can always Allow Cookies for a specific site by right clicking on that page and choose Edit Site Preferences.
Here's some more interesting pages to read about it.