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why does safari cookies preference not work

637 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 6:15 AM by Bathcat RSS
monmonmon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 5, 2013 1:17 PM

Dear People

I go into safari, preferences, privacy and select block cookies from third parties and advertisers.

I then go about my browsing.

Then I always come back to check if block cookies is working, and as if by magic, it is set to block cookies - NEVER.

Why is this happening, and are apple doing anything to address this issue.

imac, imac
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,525 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to monmonmon)

    When you set preferences in Safari I have always found it necessary to quit Safari immediately after checking or unchecking something ... then re-open it.   If you try that you may find that problem resolved.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 3:57 PM (in response to monmonmon)

    Triple-click the line below to select it:


    Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select
    Services Show Info
    from the contextual menu. An Info dialog should open.
    Does the dialog show "You can read and write" in the Sharing & Permissions section?
    In the General section, is the box labeled Locked checked?
    What is the Modified date?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 9:50 AM (in response to monmonmon)

    Back up all data. Select that same line again, but this time select


    Services Reveal


    from the menu. Quit Safari. Move the selected file to the Desktop. Relaunch Safari and recreate your settings. Test.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to monmonmon)

    Safari doesn't do that. You may be able to do it with third-party software, but I don't have a recommendation.

  • Bathcat Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Hello Linc,

    I have the same ongoing cookies problem as others. I was interested to read your post, therefore, and followed your instructions. Right clicking the Safari.plist gives me 'Get Info' on my machine (iMac running OS X 10.8.3) rather than Services > Show Info. I can see Read/Write permissions, but not (Services) Reveal. Can you shed any light? Thanks.

  • Bathcat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 6:15 AM (in response to Bathcat)

    I have now resolved the Service/Reveal issue. However, it hasn't helped with my cookies-blocking issue. I have applied several suggested remedies, but despite this successive versions of Safari have consistently defied my settings, allowing myriad cookies through, despite the fact that I have set the browser to block all cookies. I used to enjoy using Safari but owing to this issue I  now use Firefox. I have contacted Safari re. this, but have had no response. There are many complaints about this, dotted around the web, and it seems to be to be an inveterate problem. I'm puzzled as to why Safari haven't at least made some comment about it.


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