You are being stalked, tracked, hunted. No matter how much effort you take to prevent it, someone, somewhere is tracking you, trying to track, or already has tracked plenty of embarrassing information about you.
In an age where personal privacy online is becoming a laughable, antiquated, nostalgic dream, there are those of us who do what we can to thwarts the likes of Google, Amazon, and online advertisers wherever possible. That effort brought me to Cookie.
Cookie Eats Cookies
Cookies are a little piece of web tracking technology from the last century that simply won’t go away. It’s both useful and an abomination, and is used extensively in online advertising– but you can slow down the tracking with Cookie. Cookie is a Mac app of the set-it-and-forget-it variety. Set it to delete tracking cookies from your Mac every so often, every day, or upon every quit and restart.
Unwanted tracking data can be removed without you lifting a finger and that throws a monkey wrench into Google, Amazon, and other advertisers which are insistent upon tracking your online habits for their gain and profits and attempts to deplete your money.
Cookie works by knowing where the tracking cookies are stored and gives you a list of options to remove them under various circumstances, from manual to completely automatic. It even gets rid of persistent Flash cookies, tricky cookies, Silverlight cookies, and browser localStorage files, and, again, it can be set to automatic.
Since Cookie knows where Mac browsers store cookie, databases, and even Flash cookie data, and lists everything that tracks you on your Mac, and gives you a variety of options to handle each piece, it’s highly recommended. For example, have you ever browsed Amazon and looked at a variety of goods, only to see those same goods show up on advertisements from other websites? Cookies do that.
Some local database storage may be useful to you, so it can be saved and managed by Cookie. Other advertising tracking cookies are less useful, and can be cleaned up and deleted every x-number of minutes, or after each browser session. Some browser extensions are useful, too, and Cookie lets you choose which ones are kept, and which have data which can be discarded.
For the most part, Cookie is simply set-it-and-forgetaboutit. It just works in the background. While you’re browsing it pays to click Cookie in the Menubar to see what’s being tracked by Cookie. You’d be surprised how many websites track your online moves again and again.
Well done, very Mac-like, worthy of every penny. It’s a Mac App Store app but the developer has a trial version to try first. This is one of those apps that goes onto every new Mac, and one I recommend to others.