I wonder how many of you knew that Adobe Flash has "hidden cookies"? I just found out about this by reading the article in the link below.
A couple additions for those who have interest in cookies. There are a couple new breeds out there since this was written.
For those interested do a google for flash cookies and the latest privacy threat ever cookies.
I was reading an article on the Wall Street Journal's website, here: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/07/30/lawsuit-tackles-files-that-re-spawn-tracking-cookies/
regarding a lawsuit against a number of companies who use these "flash cookies" or the Local Shared Object (LSO) cookies through Adobe Flash Player, because they can "re-spawn" (or recreate) these cookies after you've deleted them, without your knowledge?? After reading that article, I wanted to learn more about it so I came here because I always come to this site first for any questions I have. So, here goes!
Since this thread was started, is there much more information than the links already posted here regarding flash cookies? Is there any programs that can remove them? Better yet, any programs that remove them and prevent them from "re-spawning"? Any chance there might be a new, quick & easy way to delete them? By quick & easy, I mean something similar to deleting browsing history through IE via Tools/Internet Options...a few clicks, and you're done.
For some reason I get really irked reading about all of the tracking that goes on, the more I read the more annoyed I get. "Regular" cookies are okay, the ones I can easily delete if I so choose, I'm visiting someone else's site so I look at it as somewhat of a give & take situation. But it's the stuff that isn't well known, or is hidden and sneaky, those really annoy me. Like the above flash cookies information, as well as stuff like device fingerprinting, etc.
Edited by carissa_lee_, 28 January 2011 - 08:20 AM.