Most of us are aware of the textual cookies that can reside on your computer. You can easily delete these all of the cookies, or just those from websites you don’t want.
Now, however, there is the possibility of cookies created using Macromedia’s Flash. Most of us have downloaded the Flash player, but I don’t think many of us are aware of the tracking that is possible.
You can change this behavior on a site-by-site bases:
- Right click on a Flash application (e.g., movie).
- Choose Settings.
- Click on Local Storage (the file folder). You can set how much information from this server can be stored on your computer. You could set it at zero and also choose “Never Ask Again.” This stops any application from this particular server from saving any information to your computer.
This method comes from a Web4Lib post by George Porter. If anyone knows of a way to set this globally, I’d be interested.