When it comes to surfing the World Wide Web, there’s only one thing that concerns all of us, which is none other than privacy. We all want to keep our browsing confidential due to which we often delete session cookies and clear our history on regular basis.
However, that’s not all! Performing these two steps does not ensure complete privacy, as the traces of what we have done are still present. With this fact, it is clear that there is something else that you need to deal with while ensuring Internet privacy. Would you like to know about it? Well then, continue reading!
What Is Still Impeding Your Privacy
There is yet one more category of cookies that you have to deal with. These cookies are called Local Shared Objects (LSOs) or Flash Cookies that you have to remove if you need maximum privacy. They are cookie type files that store your preferences and settings while watching an online video for improved playback.
Being used by the Flash Player of Adobe, these files also save unique identifiers for tracking the sites that you visit. In addition, a few of these cookies utilize the assembled data to restore the standard tracking cookies even if you have removed them. With these facts, it is clear that you have to remove these flash cookies so that the web sites stop tracking you surreptitiously.
How To Remove Flash Cookies
There are two ways to do so: Manual (via the Flash site) and Automatic (through CCleaner).
How To Prohibit Flash Cookies Manually
In order to disallow LSOs on your machine, you will have to open the panel called Global Storage Settings that is available on the site of Adobe, http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html. When you open this page, you will see an image on the right that is actually not a screenshot. In fact, it is a working panel that allows you to make changes to the behavior of Flash in your browser.
It is recommended moving the slider to None, as this will now make a Flash app to ask your permission whenever it needs a storage space for a Flash Cookie. You can test this by visiting MySpace and playing a song.
If you wish, you can also select the Never Ask Again and Allow third-party content to store data on your computer check boxes.
However, this combination will then not support the smooth running of several flash apps although it will keep the Flash Cookies at bay.
In order to discard the already existing Flash Cookies, just select the second-last tab on the panel, which is called Website Storage Settings and click the Delete all sites button.
A message box will appear to confirm this action wherein you must click the Confirm button. If you wish, you can change the settings of individual Flash apps by right clicking each app and selecting Settings.
How To Ban Flash Cookies By Using CCleaner
The above manual way is actually a bit tedious if you sit to change the settings for each Flash app. Therefore, a better alternative is CCleaner that works well in any browser. The best part of this tool is that the Flash Cookies are, by default, set to be deleted. However, you might want to check this before you take it for granted.
So, open your Cleaner, select the Applications tab, scroll to locate Multimedia, and ensure that the Adobe Flash Player check box is selected.
Now, click the Analyze button, scroll down the results, double-click Multimedia – Adobe Flash Player, and see how many LSOs it found.
Finally, just click the Run Cleaner button to clear all of them.
Note: You should use the ‘Slim’ version of CCleaner so that its pesky toolbar does not get added to your machine.