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Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)
I went to Safari, clear cache. Is that the same? I think I recall briefly asking the rep (when I called the 800 apple care number) how to clear the cookies, but forgot what he told me. How do we clear the cookies? Thank you!

Message was edited by: Christine Altieri

Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)
    Safari> Preferences>Security>Show Cookies> select the one(s) you want to remove and hit the Remove button. Or just hit Remove All, then hit Done.

    You can also select any options you choose from Safari> Reset Safari. That way you can clear the cache and cookies in one stroke.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,707 points)
    WZZZ has you covered, but I'd also ask why you feel that you need to clear your cookies? A lot of people feel unnecessarily paranoid about cookies because they don't understand them and feel that they pose a privacy problem that they actually don't.
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)
    *"Legislators Support Internet Privacy, but Question How to Do It"*

    ...But Susan Grant, the director of consumer protection at the Consumer Federation of America, said that the type of all-encompassing surveillance becoming increasingly common online would rarely be tolerated.

    “If someone were following you around in the physical world — tailing you and making note of everywhere you go, what you read, what you eat, who you see, what music you listen to, what you buy, what you watch — you might find this disturbing,” she said.

    “On the Internet,” she added, “even if the tracker doesn’t know your name, you are not anonymous.” She pointed to technology like so-called cookies and other persistent, digital identifiers that “are essentially personally identifying information.”


    Thomas, I'm not looking for an argument, but kindly explain how cookies play no role in any of this.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,707 points)
    The only way that a cookie can be used to track you across multiple sites is if it is set by an ad hosted on multiple sites that you visit. Even then, it is not able to do anything but identify that your computer has visited those sites - the ad cannot get access to information from other cookies. Further, you can block those cookies by simply going to Safari -> Preferences -> Security and setting the "Accept cookies" setting to "Only from sites I visit."

    Don't rely on mainstream news media for technically accurate information on security issues. (Or any technical issue, for that matter.)
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)

    And then there are Flash Cookies, which hardly anyone knows about or suspects.
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)
    I realize that's ten years old, but I give it as an example. And don't know how much has changed for the better since then or gotten worse.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,707 points)

    If you followed my advice regarding Safari's security settings (or the equivalent in another browser), then DoubleClick would not be able to follow your surfing activity at all, since you would not be accepting their cookies. Of course, if you click an ad and then provide personal information, which is the only way such a company could actually obtain that information, that is completely outside the realm of cookie issues. Cookies are not the villains they are made out to be.

    I find it a constant source of amazement that people have no qualms signing up for a "rewards" card from a grocery store, gas station, book store, etc - which track your activities in a much more invasive way - and yet they freak out over cookies that can't store any personal data that you didn't give them voluntarily.

    And then there are Flash Cookies, which hardly anyone knows about or suspects.

    Flash cookies wouldn't be cleared by clearing cookies anyway. But again, barring any security vulnerabilities with Flash (which are certainly not unheard of), the same should be true of Flash cookies. And, of course, I always recommend [ClickToFlash|> so you only load Flash that you actually want loaded.
  • Martin Pace Level 5 (5,110 points)
    Flash cookies can easily be controlled by using the Flash Settings Manager: ager02.html
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)
    I know, but I've gone one step further. I cleared them all out some time ago already: deleted the entire, previous Macromedia Folder, got a new empty one and locked it all down recursively. No more "Local Shared Objects." (Nice euphemism!) Flash is still functioning properly when I use it.
  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)
    wow, thanks. That is interesting. I always thought that cookies take up space on the hard drive so I wanted free up some space. Am I wrong?
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,845 points)
    They hardly take up any space. That's nothing to worry about.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,822 points)
    Cookie are generally very small files. You could probably delete a hundred of them and never see a difference in the amount of space reported for your hard drive. If clearing space is your sole reason for deleting cookies, don't bother.

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    For Safari
    Safari Cookies

    I think Firefox gives more options to handle cookies, cache and more. Some of the privacy and security extensions for Firefox, then check your browser and what web sites load.

    There just has to be a general purpose cookie monster utility that will flush all but what you want to keep, from any and all of your browsers, whenever you login to your account, as well as options to remove and delete when you close Firefox.

    Firefox extensions:

    I would have expected or thought that Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner world but isn't mentioned. Handy but don't recommend using in automatic mode either. Same for Onyx. If you used Windows, you probably saw CCleaner handle all browsers cookies from one place as well as temp files.

    Cocktail is another of these general purpose, use at your own (ie, always have a good backup strategy like bootable backup clone).
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