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Is this stuff true?? What Your PC Knows About You by Mark Nestmann...
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- 10-04-2010 #1
What your PC knows about you!PCLinuxOS Gnome and PCLinuxOS Mate
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You Should Not Give In To Evils, But Proceed Ever More Boldly Against Them!! -from book six of Virgil's Aeneid
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- 10-04-2010 #2
What it says about Flash cookies is true. They are quite separate from ordinary browser cookies and they reinstate themselves when deleted. I think I posted something about this myself earlier. The solution is obvious: don't use Flash. Use an open-source equivalent like gnash. Proprietary software never has your interests at heart.
btw congratulations on your enthusiast status, Lucky."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
- 10-04-2010 #3
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- arch linux
- 10-04-2010 #4
- 10-04-2010 #5
For Flash Cookies use BetterPrivacy (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623/) in your Firefox (if you have one)
My browser deletes all Flash Cookies when I close the browser. Maybe there's some similar add-on for Chromium and Opera.
Regarding Windows' MRU lists: as MikeTbob mentioned Windows keeps track of what you do in your OS but as a quick way to clear those lists you can use a tool such as MRUClear (Download MRUClear 1.6 Free - MRUClear - You view and clear the Windows MRU Lists - Softpedia). Not sure whether this works on Vista or Windows 7 as well because I haven't used it anymore since I abandoned Windows XP but there it worked quite well. If it doesn't work there's surely a similar tool for more recent Windows. Just google for "clear MRU list".
- 10-04-2010 #6
Flash cookies are dead easy to deal with.
Open a terminal in your home directory and do the following:
Here you should see a .macromedia directory. This is where the cookies are stored. Take a backup of this directory. You can call the destination directory anything you like
cp -a ./.macromedia/* ./saved-evil-stuff/
Now comes the dangerous part. Always be careful when using rm -rf as doing it in the wrong directory may hose your system.
rm -rf ./.macromedia
Finally, the clever part
ln -s /dev/null ./.macromedia
And now flash cookies will never sully your puter again!
- 10-04-2010 #7Originally Posted by elija
Would that work like that? Because you're linking what is supposed to be a directory tree to a file.
I've already done it. But I was just thinking, if it would cause errors and where. I mean, if it causes all kinds of errors, it'd be just as effective as
rm -rf .macromedia/* && chmod -R 000 .macromedia # dial 'R' for 'redundant'Can't tell an OS by it's GUI
- 10-04-2010 #8
Well, I have had no problems yet
In Unix-like operating systems, /dev/null or the null device is a special file that discards all data written to it (but reports that the write operation succeeded), and provides no data to any process that reads from it. – source: Wikipedia.
- 10-04-2010 #9
- 10-04-2010 #10
I find Flash Cookies quite useful during the session, e.g. for saving the volume level of YouTube videos. Therefore I wouldn't send them to nirvana cross-the-board but after the session is closed (using BetterPrivacy).