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DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Apr 20, 2012 10:30 AM

I use Safari V5.1.7.  "Block cookies" is set to block cookies "From third partyies and advertisers".  Safari does an atrocious job blocking blocking advertising cookies.  Even after I clear all the cookies, after visits to just a few websites I can count 2 or 3 dozen tracking and advertising cookies.  Is there some sort of blocking plug-in that actually works?  Clearly AdBlock is beyond useless.  I am assuming Apple, Inc is getting well paid by advertisers, Google, and the like, to fool users and allow tracking and advertising SW to be installed. 

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    I use Safari V5.1.7.

     

    The current release is 5.1.5.

  • Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    Have you tried the private browsing option in Safari?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    Apr 21, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    The Ghostery Safari extension blocks many tracking cookies, including some on this site.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    Apr 21, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    Use this site to test cookie blocking:

     

    Cookie Tester

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    Apr 22, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to DesertRatR)

    The tracking cookies come from dodges such as web bugs, javascripts, and iframes that work around the browser's algorithm for rejecting them. This happens with all browsers, not just Safari. In addition to Ghostery, I use ClickToPlugin, a Flash-blocking extension, and GlimmerBlocker, a configurable web proxy that blocks almost all ads. I also quit Safari on a regular basis to clear all cookies, tracking or not, except the few that I want to keep, using an application called CocoaCookies.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    May 4, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    You have to quit Safari before running CocoaCookies. It won't remove everything, such as Flash and HTML5 cookies, but it helps.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,765 points)
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    May 4, 2012 7:45 PM (in response to DesertRatR)

    CC doesn't restore cookies; it deletes them. If Safari is running at the time, it may restore them. Another quirk is that you have to enter something in the CC search field, and then delete it, to see all the cookies. It's an old program and doesn't quite work right.

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