It’s one thing to have the government capture and dig through your phone calls and emails, but online you’ve become the product and you’re being stalked by some big names and powerful forces. Here’s a tool to help you gain a little more control and peace of mind.
The Cookie Monster
This analogy might be a bit morbid but it’s accurate. When you’re online you’re being tracked, watched, categorized, and profiled.
Forces are culling you and your online habits for data that is sold over and over again.
Online advertisers do it. Google does it. The federal government is probably involved, too. You know. National security.
Can you be online, protect yourself, and not leave a trail?
The short answer is this. It’s very difficult. I’ve chosen a set-it-and-forget-it method to rid my browser of tracking cookies, including those pesky Flash cookies.
I use Cookie to clean out part of my trail of tracks. Here’s what it looks like and what it does.
Cookie’s settings can be a bit confusing, but the two best roads to take are to Clean Every 10 Minutes, or delete all the cookies and history when quitting a browser.
Cookie deletes all the browser cookies, including Flash cookies, databases, local storage, browser caches, and the entire browser history.
Flash cookies are the worst culprit as they can store more information, and even restore other cookies, even after it has been deleted.
Cookie kills Flash cookies, too, and it works with Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers. That means that each time you open your browser it’s as if all the cookies and history have been deleted which makes it more difficult for the online vampires to take a fresh bite of where you’ve been and what you did.
This is an app that is highly recommended and deserves all the four and five star ratings it gets.