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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies' Web Browsers
This may be old news, but I just found out about Flash Cookies (otherwise known as Local Shared Objects), and a way to delete them, and to prevent more from being created.

You can control Flash cookies via Macromedia's Flash Player Settings Manager, which is an actual Flash application you load in your browser (that is, the picture you'll see on that page is not an image; it is the actual Settings Manager).

Set Global Storage Settings to 0, and then select the Website Privacy Settings tab (the fourth tab from the left), and select Delete All Sites to remove prior-stored history.

Note that the 'cookies' are (or were) stored in ~/Library » Preferences » Macromedia » Flash Player » #SharedObjects, and the settings are stored in ~/Library » Preferences » Macromedia » Flash Player » macromedia.com » support » flashplayer » sys.
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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: dtrevas on Nov 25, '09 08:07:15AM

I noticed that Flash was storing some sites that I went to while "Private Browsing" in Safari. It seems that Adobe's default setting invade that privacy.

Thanks for the tip.



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: dronkert on Nov 25, '09 08:29:24AM

One could also use "iPurge Safari Caches" from http://www.tomx-applescripts.hostzi.com/



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: jrobert on Nov 25, '09 08:35:25AM

For firefox users, the BetterPrivacy add-on can delete some or all of your flash cookies at the end of each browser session: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: Ilo on Nov 25, '09 09:54:53AM

I installed the BetterPrivacy add-on to Firefox and have tested it for a couple of weeks (frequently quitting Firefox, etc.) It does reliably clean out the #SharedObjects folder you mentioned. However, when I use the Flash cookie manager, I still see a huge list of cookies, some clearly from a while ago. Clearly I am doing something wrong, but I don't know what.



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: Blowback on Nov 25, '09 12:08:50PM

Hey,
My first problem here: I tried this hint (1.25ghz PB G4 with 10.5.8) and now I'm getting Safari quits....I went back to the Adobe site and change the allowable amount to be 'held' back to 100mb. Not sure thats what it originally was; now it asks for 'permission ' on every 'flash' (when Safari doesn't quit'). Any suggestions????? Tony?
Thanks in advance.



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: TonyT on Nov 25, '09 01:34:59PM

Empty the Safari Cache
Quit Safari
In Finder, Navigate to ~/Library Preferences Macromedia Flash Player and delete the 2 folders in this folder.
Re-start Safari.

Edited on Nov 25, '09 01:35:34PM by TonyT



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How to remove locally-stored Flash 'cookies'
Authored by: Blowback on Nov 25, '09 04:18:26PM

Thanks for the quick response TonyT.



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