Cookies are for Eating and Deleting

Respawned Cookies Want To Eat Your Brains!

Respawned Cookies Want To Eat Your Brains!

Earlier this evening on Wired Magazine’s tech business blog Epicenter Ryan Singel reported that the cookies that we delete after a day’s worth of computing and site hopping actually don’t get eaten up and digested the way we thought they did. Apparently, like the human body, a whole lot of crap is left behind because of something called Flash Cookies. When you delete your cookies they become reinstated as something else; as digital zombies bent on devouring your computer’s brain. Mmmm, RAM!

About 98% of computers have Flash downloaded on them to watch reruns of Family Guy or to share the latest YouTube sensation with coworkers, so it looks like no one can escape.

It seems like this is a result of how the majority of  money is made off of the Internet; from ad revenue. Marketers want to know what you’re up to, and without cookies they’re just Mad Hungry fat kids with empty stomachs.

Flash Cookies, like all cookies, make your computer run faster, but if I click “delete all” I want that shit deleted!

If you want your shit deleted too please use these before the zombies overtake you:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/526/52697ee8.html

Users who want to control or investigate Flash cookies have several options, according to reader Brian Carpenter:

Windows:
* Better Privacy extension for Firefox –
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623

* Ccleaner – http://www.ccleaner.com/

Mac OS X:
http://machacks.tv/2009/01/27/flushapp-flash-cookie-removal-tool-for-os-x/

Where to find these flash cookies:
* Windows: LSO files are stored typically with a “.SOL” extension, within each user’s Application Data directory, under Macromedia\FlashPlayer\#SharedObjects.
* Mac OS X: For Web sites, ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/FlashPlayer. For AIR Applications, ~/Library/Preferences/[package name (ID)of your app] and ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/FlashPlayer/macromedia.com/Support/flashplayer/sys
* GNU-Linux: ~/.macromedia

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