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Old 11-19-2015, 04:06 PM   #1
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Where are LSO cookies stored ?


Hi all ! I'm an OAP trying to work with Linux and help some other OAPs who live nearby. I've been running Linux for about 7 yrs - firstly Ubuntu (ver 6.04 to 10.?)and now Mint, ver 13 to 17.2.

Present setup - Linux Mint ver 17.2 (Mate desktop) on Dell GX-520 with 2 GB mem. FireFox ver 42 (FF).

Now, the FF add-on "Better Privacy" is no longer compatible with FF and it may well be a long time before a fix is found. So, can anyone kindly tell me where Linux Mint stores the LSO cookies so that I can make sure these are manually deleted whenever I exit FireFox (as happens now for History and Cookies).

Many thanks for reading my question. Best regards to all --
 
Old 11-19-2015, 04:34 PM   #2
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Linux seems to store them in ~/.macromedia says
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7302/...rivacy-online/
http://www.wired.com/2009/08/you-del...s-think-again/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_...File_locations

and this FF addon claims to clean them:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...on/clickclean/
 
Old 11-19-2015, 07:26 PM   #3
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Thank you for your quick reply. Ever since "Better Privacy" announced it was not compatible with FF ver 42 (about a week ago) I have been researching this matter and for some silly reason, I did not find the info you have kindly presented. As it is 0130 hrs here in the UK now, I'll leave looking into your suggestions for a few hours and get some sleep. I'll report back within the next 24 hrs.

Thank you again and Best regards --
 
Old 11-19-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:28 AM   #5
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[SOLVED] - Where are LSO cookies stored ?

Hi Habitual !
I have now had an opportunity to properly study the information you kindly supplied. I have done quite a bit of research over the past week on this matter so, having now looked at all three references which you cite, I find that I have seen them all. Lest you feel I am a rude time-waster, I will explain. About a week ago (following an up-grade of FF to ver 42.0) the Add-on "Better Privacy" advised users that it was no longer compatible with FF and should be disabled/removed, pending an up-grade. Now, the two elderly ladies whose computers I maintain, plus myself are very cautious regarding on-line security. All systems which I set up have installed - Adblock Plus, Better Privacy (BP), Ghostery, NoScript and Web of Trust (WoT). We do not use these machines for gaming but, since each of us is elderly (I'm over 80), we do a lot of on-line shopping plus Banking. So "Security" is paramount in our philosophy.

I was aware that Adobe Flash-player stores its LSOs in ~/.macromedia/etc./etc. and so when BP announced the problem, I went there and deleted the LSOs and sub-directories. However, worryingly, since then no new LSOs have been installed so, I wondered if these were being hidden elsewhere. Reading around this matter after posting my question, I realised only this morning (!) that these cookies are placed by Adobe FlashPlayer but, this has been disabled on our machines for some months, following an advisory by Mozilla that it was insecure and no longer needed, since it is now largely replaced by HTML5. So, in fact no LSOs were being set and the cookie I saw in ~/.macromedia/... was probably set by BP. So, all is well - it seems that, if FlashPlayer is disabled no LSOs are set. However, I have taken note of one piece of your advice and installed "Click&Clean" on my machine. As well as removing LSOs, it makes other useful information available. I will run this for a few days and then install it on the other computers.

So, I've marked this matter [Solved] and I hope the information here will prove useful for others, which is why I have written a fairly lengthy reply.

My thanks again and best regards to you and all others on this Board.
hatrack
 
Old 11-20-2015, 09:44 AM   #6
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Glad it all worked out!
 
Old 11-21-2015, 09:14 AM   #7
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Hi hatrack...

Glad you got it squared away. If you would, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" directly above your initial post. Thanks!

Regards...
 
Old 11-21-2015, 04:53 PM   #8
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have a look at the EFF's "privacy Badger" as a replacement
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

also
Code:
cd ~/.macromedia/Flash_Player
rm -rdf "#SharedObjects" 
rm -rdf  "macromedia.com"
ln -s /dev/null "#SharedObjects"
ln -s /dev/null "macromedia.com"
that solves THAT problem
 
Old 11-22-2015, 04:12 AM   #9
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Re: Privacy Badger

Hi!

Thank you for the tip about Privacy Badger. I've installed this on my cmptr alongside Adblock Plus, Ghostery, NoScript, Web of Trust and Click&Clean. Over the next few days, I'll find out if these "play nicely" and adjust the mix accordingly.

This is a nice Forum !

Best regards to all ---
 
Old 11-22-2015, 07:32 PM   #10
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As you are interested in Security related add-ons, here is something I emailed a mate
Quote:
2. Https-Everywhere - Normal communication on the web is 'plain text' ie HTTP aka not encrypted.
A lot of logins will use HTTPS (S = secure aka encrypted). Some entire websites are available over HTTPS ie not just the login page.
This tool automatically tries to connect via HTTPS initially and only falls back to HTTP if HTTPS is not available. You can see the advantages...
Re Adblock etc - have a read of this http://www.pcworld.com/article/29888...whitelist.html.
Some people have moved over to Adblock Edge or Ublock as a result.

Last edited by chrism01; 11-22-2015 at 07:35 PM.
 
Old 11-23-2015, 03:52 AM   #11
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Re:Your post suggesting security add-ons ---

Hi Chris !

I thank you for taking the trouble to post further info on my subject --

[1] Actually, I do have "HTTPS-Everywhere" installed. I apologise that I forgot to mention this along with my other add-ons that I have already listed. I only installed this on my machine last week so I can't yet comment upon its efficiency. When I'm happy that it behaves nicely, I'll roll it out to the other two machines I look after.

[2] My set-up is strictly Firefox so, things intended for use with Chrome are of limited interest. I have used FF since shortly after its first introduction (about 8+ yrs ?). I like the way it works and the ethos of Mozilla so I can't see me ever changing. I set up the computers which are used by the two old ladies. I persuaded both to go with Linux, initially for its inherent security aspects (despite both thinking that (a) "Windoze" was the only OpSys which exists ! and (b) that Linux would be hard to use). I spent a long time configuring their systems to look like WinXP and teaching "safe surfing". Both are very happy and have almost forgotten that they are using Linux. Both look for the green Web of Trust icon and also always look for the indication that they are in HTTPS mode, when doing anything confidential. All three of our computers have AdBlock Plus and I have taught that this can be toggled and why we should do this.

Ghostery is set to block pretty vigorously so, on my machine, as of this morning, it is permanently blocking 2065 Trackers and 717 Cookies. The ladies machines will be pretty similar because I have shown them how to check and adjust the Ghostery set-up.

There is one tip I found last week and will pass on --- How to permanently set "Tracking Protection" in FF. In the configuration file "about:config" search for the entry "privacy.trackingprotection.enabled". Toggle the "Value" to "True". Apparently Mozilla are going to build something which will enable this in the UI for future versions due shortly because there is a warning that the entry in their Help file - "Set Tracking Protection in Firefox" will be deleted from "Help".

I thank you for your interest in my initial question and for adding your suggestions and I hope my little tip re setting Tracking Protection from within "about:config" is useful to others.

Best regards to all ---
hatrack
 
  


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