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Better Privacy Firefox add-on v1.65 released


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#1 Allan

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 07:39 AM

Better Privacy Firefox add-on v1.65
Released 29-July 2011


BetterPrivacy is a Firefox add-on that is able to delete a special kind of cookies: Local Shared Objects in short LSO's (usually known as Flash-cookies) are placed on your computer by a Flash plug-in.

Why are LSO's harmful?

* they are never expiring - staying on your computer for an unlimited time
* by default they offer a storage of 100 KB (compare: Usual cookies 4 KB)
* browsers are not fully aware of LSOs, LSO's often cannot be displayed or managed by browsers
* via Flash they can access and store highly specific personal and technical information (system, user name, ...)
* ability to send the stored information to the appropriate server, without user's permission
* Flash applications do not need to be visible to the user
* there is no easy way to tell which LSO sites are tracking you
* shared folders allow cross-browser tracking, all browsers use the same LSO folder
* the company doesn't provide a user-friendly way to manage LSO's, in fact it's incredible cumbersome
* many domains and tracking companies make extensive use of LSOs
* LSOs are used to re-create data of deleted traditional cookies

Since Flash is a separate application, running on your system (not under the hood of Firefox) , there is technically no way to prevent it from storing those LSO's on your disk. However they can be deleted at any time but unfortunately most browsers are unable to display or manage LSO's. BetterPrivacy can help here and offers capabilities to list and manage stored LSO's, up to full automatic cleaning, while allowing to define LSO-removal exclusion rules.

Better Privacy:
http://netticat.ath.cx/BetterPrivacy/BetterPrivacy.htm



Thanks to RichieUK :)

Edited by Allan, 31 July 2011 - 07:42 AM.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:26 AM

I have used this add-on for ages. Seems very good to me.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:49 PM

Pretty ironic that a visit to this add-on's homepage added an LSO to my computer.:blink:

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:29 PM

Not that ironic.
I would imagine it's used for the Test Your Privacy test, on the right side of the homepage.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:24 AM

I`ve just re-visited the page and it shows todays date and time!.
Maybe my habit of clearing my history (Tools, Options,Privacy, Clear History), is clearing any LSO`s?
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:39 AM

I`ve just re-visited the page and it shows todays date and time!.
Maybe my habit of clearing my history (Tools, Options,Privacy, Clear History), is clearing any LSO`s?
Regards JohnCe.



Interesting Comment JohnCe, I am also testing it out with my Stuff to do that. http://www.stevengould.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=70 I am very interested to see how it goes on this one. It is completely Free.

BTW,this is not Spam, just a well recognised simple Program that I Love to Test and use where ever I need to, particularly for inexperienced users

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 08:07 AM

Hello Ray, I`m rather cautious when it comes to trying new programs, so I`ve only visited the page twice and spent a little time googling to identify any problems that may arise from it, so I was surprised when it never recognised me on the second visit! Regards John.




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