With every passing day I become more incensed at Google for tracking my every move while online. What I do, where I go, what I read is my business but Google makes it their business, too, and they make it a profitable business.
Here are a couple of ways to thwart the cookie monster, both from the same app developer, and either one is sufficient to give you a little more control over online tracking.
Privatus And Cookie
Cookie has long been my favorite audit trail cleanup app for my Macs. Set it up and it kills browser cookies, browser histories, browser caches, and all the trails you leave behind.
Cookie cleans website cookies, the even more dangerous Flash cookies, even Silverlight cookies– and local web browser databases.
Cookie works on Safari, Chrome, Chromium, Camino, Opera, and Firefox and it can be set to clean your tracks when you close the browser or ever x-number of minutes.
What’s not to like? Setup can be a bit tedious, but once Cookie is setup it is set it and forgetaboutit. However, all the basic removal functions are available with a click to the Menubar.
Cookie is also smart enough to let you setup favorites that don’t get purged. Why? Sometimes being tracked is a good thing.
Alright, that’s Cookie and its great, but requires a little work to set up correctly. What if all you want to do is install something and let it do the need with little input from you?
That’s what Privatus does. It’s almost half the price of Cookie but even more focused and nothing to setup and configure, no favorites, no blacklists, no whitelists.
Run Privatus in the background or manually whenever you feel an urge to delete cookies and any other data that can be used to track your online whereabouts.
Cookie’s configuration options are great for Mac users who need more granular control over tracking data, but Privatus is drop dead simple. Turn it on and you’re done.
Websites and advertisers will still track your online usage but only for a single session that is less easily tracked back to your online presence.