Flash Shared Objects ("Flash cookies")


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  1. plnelson

    plnelson Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Many people don't realize that they have two kinds of "cookies" on their computer. We all know about the familiar ones that web pages can place on our PC's and which we can see and delete with our browsers.

    But there's another more insidious kind which can be placed on your computer via Flash. These are called Flash Shared Objects, or sometimes "flash cookies" and they were disigned to provide inter-session persistency but are, in practice, used the same way cookies are. On a PC they're found in C:\Documents and Settings\***user***\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects and/or C:\Documents and Settings\***user***\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys. They are a huge privacy violation.

    Browsers do not normally delete these although you can get a plugin for Firefox that does.

    My Question:
    Now that Android supports Flash, how do we get rid of these things from our Android devices?
     

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    plnelson Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Is this the wrong forum to ask about this in?
     
  3. kainevg

    kainevg New Member

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    I don't see how that is a concern to you.. All they can do is store data for the flash application to use. It's not invading your privacy at all. Pretty much if you don't want sharedObjects on your android then uninstall Air for Android and any flash applications you have and don't use it. :) Simple.
     

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