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Journal Journal: Script to delete all Flash Local Shared Object files

Persistent Flash shared objects are making the news again. Here's a script for Windows that removes them without having to visit the "Settings Manager".

RMDIR "%APPDATA%\Macromedia" /S /Q

Paste this into a .bat file in your startup folder (or all users startup folder if you prefer) and your Flash cookies will be nuked everytime you log into Windows.

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Journal Journal: Microsoft Silverlight contains "Supercookie"

Microsoft's new Silverlight technology is aimed at unseating Flash as the platform of choice for delivering rich web content. Take a look at the Privacy Policy however and you will see something to please web advertisers and those who wish to track user's browsing habits.

Standard computer information typically includes information such as your IP address, operating system version, browser version, your hardware ID which indicates the device manufacturer, device name, and version, application version and your regional and language settings.

(Emphasis mine.) So at least marketers won't have to rely on the Windows Media Supercookies or Flash Shared Objects any more.

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