For more than a dozen years folks at Mac360 have sung a song about the dangers of browser tracking. Likewise, we sing the praises of the Mac app Cookie because it flushes tracking data so easily, so automatically, and with so many user friendly options.
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.
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 complicated settings, configurations, and options– but it does the delete cookie 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 caches 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 thanks to limited preferences.
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 and exercise more precise and granular controls over what gets deleted, 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 and Privatus so you can see the differences first hand.