IT Pros and most savvy users know all about the role of Web site cookies that are placed on your PC and how to delete them. However, Flash cookies are different and their role is probably much less understood, even by the pros. During this episode of TR Dojo, I give you a brief rundown of what Flash cookies are, how they work, and how you can control them on your computer.
To manage the Flash player settings on your machine, visit the Adobe Flash Player Help - Settings Manager Web page. Click on the links under Settings Manager in the left navigation bar to access each section of the Flash Player Settings Manager.
If you want to go one step further, check out the BetterPrivacy Firefox add-on, which promises to remove all Flash cookies each time you close the browser.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Michael Kassner's article, "Flash cookies: What's new with online privacy," and William Jones' article, "Flash Cookies? What are Flash Cookies?," on which this episode is based. You can also read
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Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.