Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Really great Addon, it just does what it promises and makes surfing the net a bit safer!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

java plugin support Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very good addon!

But I wonder if data stored by java applets (java plugin) could be removed as well?

New feature?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Java

does not store any privacy related objects.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for this addon, it works really well. I've been using it for ages, on the 3,7* nightlies, also, without a single problem

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I installed this a few days ago on both of my Mac's. I was really amazed at how much junk was on my computer. First scan it removed 405 unwanted super cookies. I've experienced no stability or performance problems with this program running on my computer. Seems to be working very well.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

One Problem:

I noticed some websites are modifying the Better Privacy settings.

Better Privacy needs Setting Permission Security.

Other than that, I HAVE NOT had any freeze up problems or any other problems.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

A great addon for those who value their right to privacy Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In this age when Big Brother has become a reality and is finding more and more ways to invade our privacy and build profiles on us that that may be used for god only knows what ends, this addon is a must have addition to other addons designed designed to protect you privacy.

What I have found when using BetterPrivacy is that I need to keep Macromedia's settings.sol file otherwise I have to re-visit the Adobe web-site in order to change the default settings which allow sites to store info about your browsing history on your computer. The problem with keeping the settings.sol file is that the sites you subsequently visit are also listed there (so anyone who accesses this file can see which sites you have visited [if they have Flash content]).

I found a solution to this in an informative article at
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/flash-cookie-researchers-spark-quantcast-change/

Simply right-click on the settings.sol file, click on properties and change the attributes to read only

QUESTION FOR NETTICAT: The aforementioned article also points out that you can protect folders but not individual LSO's. Is there a reason for this and will you be adding a feature that allows for the protection of individual LSO's?

Many thanks NettiCat for your generosity in allowing us to share this great addon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Usually you want to exclude a certain domain from cookie deletion,

but not a single LSO. Moreover most content of LSO's is scrambled, so it is not possible to decide whether a special LSO should be excluded or not.

A great addon for those who value their right to privacy Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In this age when Big Brother has become a reality and is finding more and more ways to invade our privacy and build profiles on us that that may be used for god only knows what ends, this addon is a must have addition to other addons designed designed to protect you privacy.

What I have found when using BetterPrivacy is that I need to keep Macromedia's settings.sol file otherwise I have to re-visit the Adobe web-site in order to change the default settings which allow sites to store info about your browsing history on your computer. The problem with keeping the settings.sol file is that the sites you subsequently visit are also listed there (so anyone who accesses this file can see which sites you have visited [if they have Flash content]).

I found a solution to this in an informative article at
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/flash-cookie-researchers-spark-quantcast-change/

Simply right-click on the settings.sol file, click on properties and change the attributes to read only

QUESTION FOR NETTICAT: The aforementioned article also points out that you can protect folders but not individual LSO's. Is there a reason for this and will you be adding a feature that allows for the protection of individual LSO's?

Many thanks NettiCat for your generosity in allowing us to share this great addon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

A great addon for those who value their right to privacy Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In this age when Big Brother has become a reality and is finding more and more ways to invade our privacy and build profiles on us that that may be used for god only knows what ends, this addon is a must have addition to other addons designed designed to protect you privacy.

What I have found when using BetterPrivacy is that I need to keep Macromedia's settings.sol file otherwise I have to re-visit the Adobe web-site in order to change the default settings which allow sites to store info about your browsing history on your computer. The problem with keeping the settings.sol file is that the sites you subsequently visit are also listed there (so anyone who accesses this file can see which sites you have visited [if they have Flash content]).

I found a solution to this in an informative article at
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/flash-cookie-researchers-spark-quantcast-change/

Simply right-click on the settings.sol file, click on properties and change the attributes to read only

QUESTION FOR NETTICAT: The aforementioned article also points out that you can protect folders but not individual LSO's. Is there a reason for this and will you be adding a feature that allows for the protection of individual LSO's?

Many thanks NettiCat for your generosity in allowing us to share this great addon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Does it's job and does it well.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good to have!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Awesome add-on. Saves me from have having to deal with Adobe's fumbling excuse for an allow/refuse popup system. Nice that it has a whitelist, too. There are certain sites that one would prefer to have flash setting saved.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Awesome add-on. Saves me from have having to deal with Adobe's fumbling excuse for an allow/refuse popup system. Nice that it has a whitelist, too. There are certain sites that one would prefer to have flash setting saved.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

RE: NettiCat's 24 January 2010 Developer Reply: BetterPrivacy checks all relevant locations, with no exception

I do like the add-on BetterPrivacy and its author. However, his response to my review begs a response.

So, NettiCat, with all due respect,
in response to your reply, I offer the following rebuttal:

>>The default LSO, located at \macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\ is not deleted with BetterPrivacy's standard configuration, but you can change this setting if desired (see FAQ on details).>Note that all other locations are effectively irrelevant since those are ignored by Flash applications.... >Anyway, there is no capability for a Firefox addon -nor for Firefox itself- to prevent an independent process (flash is a plug-in, thus NOT under the Hood of Firefox !!) from doing anything. Note that any plug-in (not addon) is a potentially very dangerous implementation.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Please consider to use my forum

... if you wish to continue the discussion. This probably is not the right place for such a long thread, it is intended for short reviews and Mozilla regularly removes postings that do not match the rules. Thank you.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The author made the following statement in the above article:
"------------------------- IMPORTANT -------------------------
IF YOU PERMIT DELETION OF LSO's,
THEN COOKIE-STORED INFORMATION LIKE
GAME SETTINGS OR LOGIN DATA (YAHOO SEAL)
MIGHT BE LOST! MAKE SURE THAT YOU EXCLUDED
IMPORTANT COOKIES FROM DELETION (SEE FAQ)"

When playing Flash games online, he is correct, the settings for that session are stored in the LSO files. However, on sites other than gaming sites, this is not an issue, and neither is staying logged in on sites where log-in is necessary. Log-in info is the job of session cookies, and not Flash cookies (LSOs). In a previous comment, I detailed an experiment I did with LSO deletion. What I neglected to mention was that I went to several sites where log-in was required (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Blogspot, etc. to name a few), and I had no problem logging in or remaining logged in after the LSOs were deleted. It was only when I deleted the session cookies for a particular site that problems arose. Deleting the session cookies for a blog site, for instance, immediately logs the user off the site and makes it necessary to log in again. Deleting the Flash cookie, or LSO, does not affect the ability to remain logged in, and it doesn't affect one's ability to navigate the site. The short answer, then, is that the author's statement is only true on game sites.

Also, I wish to modify my earlier statement about searching one's computer for the locations of LSO files to include the following statement:

If the user has any games installed on his or her hard drive, the directories containing the game will contain dozens of LSOs. That is normal. They are not LSOs that have been downloaded by Web sites. The LSOs in game directories are placed there by the DVD or CD that contained the game. Those LSOs do not, as far as I know, send any information to any online location unless you are playing the game online. In that case, additional LSOs will be installed that facilitate the playing of the game. The LSOs that were created by the installation CD or DVD are for the purpose of storing session information, info about where the gamer left off at the end of the previous session, scores, etc. As far as I have been able to determine, those particular LSOs are not a threat to the user's privacy and can be ignored. Any LSOs downloaded during online gaming, however, should be deleted after the gaming session, unless the gamer plans to return to the site in the near future to continue a session, challenge someone else, etc.

The truth is, LSOs have too much potential for misuse. They are, after all, for all intents and purposes, Trojan Horses of a different colour. That's where the real danger lies with cookies, especially Flash cookies with the ability to store and "phone home" huge amounts of data about the user.

The biggest difference between the functions of Trojan Horses and those of Flash cookies is that Flash cookies raise no alerts from anti-virus or even malware/spyware detectors. That gives them an extremely dangerous potential on several levels; and those dangers should be addressed and dealt with by anti-virus and other security software developers. In fact, it would be a good project for Mozilla developers or the person who created BetterPrivacy. Such detection and prevention capability could and should be included in the next release of Firefox and Thunderbird. Microsoft won't bother, because they are, after all, now in bed with government agencies that seek to ignore and eliminate our rights to privacy; so a BHO add-on for IE would have to be developed by a "third party" for those who insist upon using IE as their primary browser or for those who use IE to visit Web sites that do not display correctly in Firefox--an Active X control, perhaps.

Are you listening, Mozilla?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

Great Add-on, With Reservations Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great little add-on. I use it religiously now. I have it set so it will delete the LSOs 1 second after they're installed on my machine. That allows the site to THINK it has a cookie on my machine when it, in fact, does not. That works like a charm. No sooner does the Web site install the LSOs (some sites load as many as 11 LSOs per page) than they are deleted.

I also turned on the "Notify if new LSO is stored..." feature and visited a few sites, some of which have NO flash ads, no Flash videos, and no flash games. Almost every site that I visited with no Flash apps on the page still downloaded LSOs onto my machine; so it isn't just video pages, games, or pages with Flash ads that use LSOs to gather info without your permission. Some sites install as many as 11 LSOs per page

I also did an experiment. Using YouTube's pages as the subject, I did a search for videos of a certain song and went to several of the resulting links to test my BetterPrivacy settings and to test the effects of deleting the cookies before, during, and after the playing of a video. I found that deleting the LSOs had no adverse effects whatsoever on downloading or playback of the videos, and had did not affect the functionality of the embedded player.

In seeking out the locations where LSOs are stored, I discovered seven (7) locations, as follows:
Where Flash LSO (*.SOL) Files Are Found in Windows XP:

Not checked by BetterPrivacy by default:
*C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\filename.sol
*C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\[alpha-numeric folder name]\filename.sol

*C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\filename.sol
*C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\[alpha-numeric folder name]\filename.sol

*C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.[Your_Owner_Name]\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\filename.sol
*C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.[Your_Owner_Name]\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\[alpha-numeric folder name]\filename.sol

* C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\[folder_name-ALL_CAPS]\filename.sol

Checked by BetterPrivacy and Objection (default):
* C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.[Your_Owner_Name]\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\filename.sol

The file extension for LSOs is ".sol". The files can be deleted manually, and I recommend that users check the directories not checked by default by BetterPrivacy, either by using Windows Explorer to go to those locations, or by copying the file path into the "Flash-Data Directory:" field of BetterPrivacy.

To determine which directory contains the global settings for your Adobe Flash Player, I recommend the following:

Go to Adobe's Web site settings and global settings pages. Delete all LSOs from your computer. Set your global and Web site settings. Search for files with the .sol file extension either by using BetterPrivacy or by navigating to Start>Search>For Files or Folders...>All files and folders> then search C:\ drive for files *.sol (asterisk-dot-sol). Since all other LSO files were deleted before adjusting your global/site settings, the LSO that stores that info should be the only LSO file found. Make a note of the file details (name, location, etc.) and save it into a text file or commit it to memory for future reference. That will help prevent you from having to constantly reset your global/site settings.

Simply opting out or setting the permitted hard drive space to zero will not stop Adobe or other sites from placing LSOs onto your hard drive.

Selecting the "Delete Flash cookies by timer" and "Not if modified within time interval", then setting the "Time interval:" to "1" will allow the cookie to be set, but will almost immediately delete it before any data can be phoned home.

Selecting the "Notify if new LSO is stored" will allow you to count the number of LSOs placed on your machine by any site you visit. For good insight into which sites place LSOs on your machine and how many are placed per page, count the number of warnings that pop up (narrow yellow banner that opens just below the tab bar). Deselecting the "Notify" option will stop the annoying yellow warning banner from opening, but BetterPrivacy will still delete all LSOs as they are placed on your machine.

All-in-all, I really like BetterPrivacy, but I think it should have a feature that allows the user to list several locations to check for LSOs. I also would like to see the option of blocking LSOs from being written to the user's hard drive at all.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.47). 

BetterPrivacy checks all relevant locations, with no exception

The default LSO, located at \macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\ is not deleted with BetterPrivacy's standard configuration, but you can change this setting if desired (see FAQ on details).

Note that all other locations are effectively irrelevant since those are ignored by Flash applications. BetterPrivacy will not waste valuable resources on checking this. For example Windows makes occasional backups of the 'Documents and Settings' files and also includes LSO's which are user data. Thus you may find LSO's in \WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\ or other locations. However they won't harm your privacy - in no way.

The particular advantage of BetterPrivacy is that it does *not* block LSO's from being written (as the Adobe manger does). Blocking has severe disadvantages since the website will know that LSO's are disabled. The same applies to LSO's that are deleted within a few seconds. LSO's often have a useful functionality - so I recommend to (auto-) delete them not before you left the appropriate website (e.g. 30 minutes).

Anyway, there is no capability for a Firefox addon -nor for Firefox itself- to prevent an independent process (flash is a plug-in, thus NOT under the Hood of Firefox !!) from doing anything. Note that any plug-in (not addon) is a potentially very dangerous implementation.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A great add-on that works exactly as advertised and is simple enough for the common user yet powerful for the advanced user. LSO's are the 'secret cookie' not many users no about. I have Better Privacy set to delete any LSO's after 20 seconds. So easy. I can still get all the content and the LSO's vanish shortly after they are installed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.46). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love it

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.46). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

@ Francis Maddox: Yes, you could disable all "LSOs" in the first place. But what happens when you want to view a video in Youtube or metacafe or any such site?

You, would then have to go to the site again and meddle around with the settings!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.46). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This seems to be a really great add-on but maybe I don't fully understand it. Why is deleting these flash cookies on closing the browser with this extra program better than going to macromedia.com and disabling storage of these LSO cookies in the first place? Otherwise this is a great user friendly addition to firefox.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.46). 

Visit

http://netticat.ath.cx/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6 to answer this question.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I would change the title of this add-on to "Really Great Privacy" and give it ten stars if I could. These new flash super cookies are embedded,saved on your hard drive with no way of removing them. I had to delete my Firefox profile and start brand new with "Better Privacy" deleting flash cookies every time Firefox is restarted. Otherwise, they remain permanently on your computer.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.46).