How to Delete Flash Cookies and Other Privacy Protection Tricks

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idcoak shows how to delete Flash cookies for all browsers in its newly updated privacy protection article, before giving valuable advice on IP anonymity.

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Flash cookies are managed through a site, not the browser and that’s why few people have any idea how to clear them.

idcloak has updated its privacy protection article to include new advice on how to delete Flash cookies.

Although the article uses Internet Explorer’s private browsing to make its point, the advice on Flash cookies and other concerns is relevant to any browser or operating system.

“Flash cookies are managed through a site, not the browser,” explains Robin Welles, senior web researcher at idcloak, “and that’s why few people have any idea how to clear them. But these cookies are just as potentially invasive as regular session or third-party cookies – people must know how to manage them. In fact, privacy and security specialists advocate doing away with Flash altogether: it carries just too many vulnerabilities.”

As noted in the article, the private browsing mode of most browsers will prevent Flash Cookies from being stored on a user’s computer in the same way as other cookies. The only caveat is that the user must have an updated version of Adobe Flash installed – one later than v.10.1.

To clear Flash cookies historically, the article takes the user to a specific page on the Adobe site which remotely clears the Flash cookies from the user’s machine. Through this page, it is also possible to see which sites have delivered cookies and set Flash to reject third party cookies.

A more serious privacy issue is underlined in the second half of the article – even with all cookies controlled, users are still vulnerable to a long list of other tracking and surveillance attacks. These include local snoops, network administrators, ISPs and government monitors.

As a solution to this greater threat, the third section of the article recommends a service for restoring wider Privacy On The Web. The suggested technology – the web VPN – carries the user’s internet connection through an encrypted tunnel to a different country, whereupon their IP address can be replaced with a new IP from a remote server. In this way all tracking and surveillance attacks are thwarted.

The idcloak web VPN is currently close to completion and due for release later in September.

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