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DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

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. 

  • 1. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

    I use Safari V5.1.7.

     

    The current release is 5.1.5.

  • 2. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)

    Have you tried the private browsing option in Safari?

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    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Sorry for the version typo.  Any other thoughts?

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    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

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

  • 5. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I use Ghostery.  Besides its feedback window often blocking login/out links (they seem to like to appear in the upper right corner), it apparently isn't blocking much.

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    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Like all users I need to be able to have specific visited sites set cookies.  With private browsing my normal log in to my bank site doesn't work and I have to answer security questions and plug in a secret code sent via text.  All of which is a hassle.

     

    I haven't used FireFox for a while.  I'll check it out and see if tracking SW blocking is any better.  It used to be pretty good.

  • 7. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

    Use this site to test cookie blocking:

     

    Cookie Tester

  • 8. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I used that link to test cookie blocking.  With the settings set to "Block cookies: From third parties and advertisers", primary cookies should be set.  And indeed this tester shows that. 

     

    My complaint is the tracking and ad cookies I see, even with the above setting.  For example, doubleclick has set a cookie.  Do you think the ad and tracking cookies are coming from the primary site, e.g. Google is allowing doubleclick to set a cookie, as an example? 

  • 9. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

    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.

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    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    How does CocoaCookies work?  I installed and it found all my cookies.  I checked the ones I wanted to keep.  I then opened Safari and there were a lot more cookies than cocoaCookies listed.  I cleared them all in Safari. They were all cleared.  When I opened CocoaCookies all the cookies I had checked were gone. 

  • 11. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

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

  • 12. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I am confused, Linc.  I understood that you could close Safari and wipe your cookies, and that CocoaCookies would either selectively restore them or else prevent them from being removed.

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    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,870 points)

    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.

  • 14. Re: Atrocious ad blocker
    DesertRatR Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Got it.  You let Safari set the cookies and then use CC to manage them. 

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