There has long been an exploit in Flash Player that allowed websites to track your usage and invade your privacy, but that's all coming to an end now as Adobe have made it easier to delete these pesky cookies.
Flash usually uses cookie-like files to save preferences such as preferred volume levels and the like, but these Local Storage Objects (LSOs), as they are called, could be used to restore normal cookies even after users deleted them. These LSOs came to be known as Flash Cookies and were a rather annoying thorn in the side of many people.
Now, Adobe have teamed up with Mozilla and Google to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) that'll make it possible to delete these flash cookies through browsers that'll support the feature. It's already been integrated into Firefox, while support for Chrome is expected to show up soon. However, support for Internet Explorer and Safari is still nowhere in sight.
Apart from being a setting on browsers, the Flash Player itself will have customisable options where users can choose to turn off LSOs altogether, or choose which sites will be allowed to use them. Pretty nifty, I say.
Publish date: January 13, 2011 4:50 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:09 pm