First of all, let’s take care of the basics. You should already have a layered security plan in place on your computer. If you don’t, then please read the article below and get yourself secured against Hackers, Viruses, Trojans, Keyloggers, Spyware, Malware and Adware.
Second, let’s get your computer all cleaned up. Read this article and then come back.
Okay, now your computer has a layered security plan in place and has cleaned up it’s temp files and corrected any registry problems. Now for the Privacy issue. Ever heard of Flash cookies or Super Cookies? When you surf the web, do you know which sites are spammy emailers or contain dangerous code? You will be able to answer yes to these questions by the end of this article and be equipped to protect yourself for free.
Once again a layered security approach to Privacy is required. Layer one is the McAfee Site Advisor. This is a free download that checks a website before you go there. When you run a Google or Yahoo search, each search result will be graded for you to see if it is safe or not. This does not slow down your surfing experience and will greatly reduce the odds of you surfing to a website that will try to execute malicious code on your computer, and it doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information. You can download it for free at this link: http://www.siteadvisor.com/howitworks/index.html
Layer two protection is managing flash cookies aka Super Cookies. You may think running CCleaner or manually deleting your cookies in your browser removes all the cookies on your computer but you are mistaken. Flash Cookies stay on your computer forever. They are stored in different locations than the other cookies you acquire while surfing the net. By default, they store 100 KB of data with an unlimited maximum, they can’t be deleted by your browser and they send previous visit information and history, by default, without your permission. So who is the culprit that created this tricky little monster? Adobe, that is Adobe Flash Player. The Adobe Flash Player uses proprietary cookies called Local Shared Objects or LSO’s aka Super Cookies. There are a few ways to manage this problem.
The first is to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player, but so many webpages require it that your internet experience would suffer. The next choice is to use the Mozilla Firefox browser instead of Internet Explorer. You can install a free add-on called Better Privacy that will remove these Super Cookies with a single click. You can get the Firefox browser for free here:
The last way to manage these Super Cookies is to manually remove them. To delete all the Super Cookies currently being stored on your computer do this:
Go to the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager
Go to the far-right tab
Click “Delete all sites”
Obviously, the easiest way to manage Super Cookies is to use the Firefox web browser from Mozilla with the Better Privacy Plug in.