For a number of years the Mac360 staff has sung the dangers of browser tracking and sung the praises of the Mac app Cookie because it flushes tracking data so easily.
Cookie provides Mac users with plenty of options to delete offending trackers which are stored on your Mac. If you’re on a budget and prefer the ease of set it and forget it, the same app developer offers Privatus.
Privacy. Somewhat. Automated.
Here’s what takes place while you’re busy browsing the web. Websites track you via cookies, which are little pieces of text placed on your Mac.
You can use Safari’s Preferences to delete most cookies, databases, cache files, and history files, but that’s a manual effort after every use.
Privatus does it automatically. It’s the leaner, meaner, less featured baby brother to Cookie, mostly devoid of settings, configurations, and options– but it does the deed.
Privatus can work in the background or from the Mac’s Menubar if you prefer the manual approach and pretty much every offending tracking file you’d rather not be stored on your Mac gets deleted.
What gets deleted?
Privatus removes all cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, databases and browser cache from your Mac, automatically. There’s not much to not like about Privatus. It’s cheap. It’s simple. It works.
But that’s all it does.
Cookie, too, removes cookies, Flash cookies, Silverlight cookies, browser databases, and cache files. But it also removes browser history, Favicons, webpage previews, downloads and more, and controls are granular so you get options for each function.
If you’re on a tight budget, Privatus does the basic deed, but if you need to delete more, but still keep it automated, Cookie is a good option. Both are Mac App Store apps but there is try-before-you-buy trial version for Cookie so you can see the differences first hand.