Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tech Republic offers discussion of Flash cookies and privacy

Bill Detwiler’s TRDojo has a video today on Flash cookies, which are more elaborate than html cookie, even though they use the same .sol extension. (“SOL” is the acronym for “standards of living” in Virginia, so it’s a funny pun.) They are larger, and can store and invoke more information on the visitor’s computer through applets. Adobe, however, offers users many ways to control the use of flash cookies on their machines, including monitoring the websites that place them. The link for the video is here.

Better Privacy 1.45 of the Firefox browser also offers ways to control privacy cookies. The link is here.

I presume that Webroot Spysweeper can identify them as spy cookies; a search shows up a reference under Window Washer here.

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