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Old 08-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #16
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As for LSO's (Flash cookies, infinite-life cookies) there are (I just discovered) 2 Firefox addons that will get rid of them for you in the same manner as you can get rid of regular cookies using firefox: 'Ghostery' and 'BetterPrivacy'

Thanks again for the Ghostery suggestion above by tronkel.

NOTE: Ghostery has been bought up by some company (called "Better Advertising") which purports to strive for better, less invasive, non-privacy-infringing advertising on the internet. I don't like the fact that the extension has been taken over by a 'company' but am evaluating it anyway, and so far I like what I see.
 
Old 08-07-2010, 09:24 AM   #17
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Script to clean Flash LSOs
Code:
#!/bin/bash
# flashfire v.5
# kill flash cookies


DIR1=/home/$USER/.macromedia/Flash_Player/#SharedObjects/
DIR2=/home/$USER/.macromedia/Flash_Player/macromedia.com/support/flashplayer/sys/
DIR3=/home/$USER/.adobe/Flash_Player/AssetCache/

cd /home/$USER

# look for contents in first directory.
if [ "$(ls -A $DIR1)" ]; then
   echo
   echo "Removing flash cookies..."
   cd $DIR1
   for i in $(ls) ; do ls $i && rm -r $i ; done
   cd /home/$USER
   sleep 1
   echo
  else
   echo
   echo "Nothing to do; directory is empty."
   echo "(#SharedObjects)"
   echo
   sleep 1
fi

if [ "$(ls -A $DIR2)" ]; then
   echo
   echo "Removing more junk..."
   cd $DIR2
   for i in $(ls) ; do echo $i && rm -r $i ; done
   cd /home/$USER
   sleep 1
   echo
  else
   echo
   echo "Nothing to do; directory is empty."
   echo "(support/flashplayer/sys)"
   echo
   echo
   sleep 1
fi

if [ "$(ls -A $DIR3)" ]; then
   echo
   echo "One more place to check..."
   cd $DIR3
   for i in $(ls) ; do ls $i && rm -r $i ; done
   cd /home/$USER
   sleep 1
   echo
  else
   echo
   echo "Nothing to do; directory is empty."
   echo "(AssetCache)"
   echo
   sleep 1
fi
It could probably stand to be improved. Someone from the Debian forum came up with it during one of the Bash tutorial sessions.
 
Old 08-07-2010, 09:28 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl View Post
As for LSO's (Flash cookies, infinite-life cookies) there are (I just discovered) 2 Firefox addons that will get rid of them for you in the same manner as you can get rid of regular cookies using firefox: 'Ghostery' and 'BetterPrivacy'

Thanks again for the Ghostery suggestion above by tronkel.

NOTE: Ghostery has been bought up by some company (called "Better Advertising") which purports to strive for better, less invasive, non-privacy-infringing advertising on the internet. I don't like the fact that the extension has been taken over by a 'company' but am evaluating it anyway, and so far I like what I see.
Ghostery does have a Privacy policy, that sounds ok.
http://www.ghostery.com/privacy-bt
Quote:
GHOSTERY BROWSER TOOL PRIVACY POLICY

Effective Date: 3/23/2010

Ghostery, a service of The Better Advertising Project, operates the Ghostery add-on, extension, or plug-in (referred to collectively as the "Ghostery Browser Tool"). Ghostery does not collect any data about you or your use of the Ghostery Browser Tool, unless you voluntarily opt-in to one or more of the features listed below.

* If you opt-in to the Tracker Fetch feature, the Ghostery Browser Tool will periodically auto-update the list of trackers it can detect. If you do not opt-in for this service, you can update the tool manually through the Ghostery Browser Tool menu, or wait until a new release of Ghostery, which will include an updated list of trackers.
* GhostRank is a feature that helps Ghostery and The Better Advertising Project discover new trackers on the internet, view Ghostery Browser Tool performance and use statistics, and follow industry compliance with privacy and choice standards for behavioral advertising. If you opt-in to GhostRank, the Ghostery Browser Tool will send certain information to Ghostery about the pages you visit on the internet consistent with these goals. For up to date information about the specific data that the Ghostery Browser Tool collects when you opt-in to GhostRank, see our Ghostery FAQ. Ghost Rank data is used only in aggregate form and is stored in a format that makes future attribution to you as an individual impossible. Ghost Rank data will be shared as aggregated, non-personal statistics, such as the number of users who encountered a certain tracker on a particular website or that a behavioral ad was seen at a particular location without proper notice. Ghost Rank data contains no personally identifiable information and will never be used for advertising purposes.
 
Old 08-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #19
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With all due respect I somehow get the idea that you are mixing up disparate items.
Let's wind the discussion back to the early days of the Internet:
The Internet Almighty said: "Let there be "Search Engines and lo!(not "lol" mistyped), there were Search Engines."

The ability to efficiently search for stuff easily was an accepted blessing of this wonderful new tool. Google was by no means the first well-known search engine - e.g Altavista was a also a big search player back then.

Time marches forward as it does and then appears the relatively unknown Google on the scene, which then evolved into the largest search engine to date. At this point, the Internet has moved way beyond its original remit - propelled onwards (amongst other factors) by Google's seemingly infinite capacity to expand.

Fast-forward to this week, when this very same Google and Verizon are in talks about Net Neutrality - sand-boxed off from the rest of the Internet community. This can't be seen in any way as democratic (as in the spirit of the early Internet).

As soon as the word "democratic" appears in the discourse, one is de-facto into politics.

I simply don't accept that Google has any right at all to synthesise a data profile on me based on my internet activity.

I don't believe they have any legal right to demand this in their Terms and Conditions either. Have they the right to impose any terms and conditions on the Internet at all?

I see this as a curtailment to my basic right to my freedom to use the Internet as was the original intent of the founders.

I also see no reason why I can't use the iGoogle facilty while protecting my data as I see fit from usage in ways that I object to. There is simply no basis for thinking that the original Internet founders visualised that such interlopers as Google would have such power and controlling influence. It simply wasn't intended to be that sort of network. I reserve the right therefore to take technically-based steps to ensure that my data remains private to me. Hence the inclusion of "technical details". This is not a case of "disparate thinking" here. The two things are unavoidably linked to each other.

Last edited by tronkel; 08-07-2010 at 09:47 AM.
 
Old 08-07-2010, 09:50 AM   #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by craigevil View Post
Script to clean Flash LSOs
[cut]
It could probably stand to be improved.
I don't know about improve, but it seems to have been written by someone unfamiliar with the concept of loops and the ${HOME} variable.
Code:
#!/bin/bash

dirs=".macromedia/Flash_Player/\#SharedObjects .macromedia/Flash_Player/macromedia.com/support/flashplayer/sys .adobe/Flash_Player/AssetCache"

cd ${HOME};

for d in $dirs;do
   rm -rf ${d}/*;
done
To do this automatically after you quit Firefox save this as ${HOME}/bin/firefox and use it to run Firefox.
Code:
#!/bin/bash

/usr/bin/firefox;

dirs=".macromedia/Flash_Player/\#SharedObjects .macromedia/Flash_Player/macromedia.com/support/flashplayer/sys .adobe/Flash_Player/AssetCache"

cd ${HOME};

for d in $dirs;do
   rm -rf ${d}/*;
done
Some distros put ${HOME}/bin in to $PATH automatically if it exists, so if that's the case and if the .desktop for Firefox contains 'Exec=firefox' , ${HOME}/bin/firefox will get run when you run Firefox from the GNOME/KDE/Your_DE_here menu.
 
Old 08-07-2010, 11:08 AM   #21
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Fast-forward to this week, when this very same Google and Verizon are in talks about Net Neutrality
I see. I didn't notice that news. Too busy working.
 
  


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