Why should I care about Flash Cookies?
Because Flash Cookies are security risks!
Did you know that “Flash Cookies” are not really cookies at all? These are actually special local storage areas in your PC, made available by folks at Adobe via the Flash programming interface. For honest users of Flash cookies, there is no malicious intent and is generally safe.
Unfortunately however, these Flash Cookies can be exploited. And can be used for purposes beyond their intent. To makes matters worse, unlike browser cookies, Flash cookies can be shared among companies provided they have access to these special storage areas.
Did you also know that companies can use Flash “local storage” even if they aren’t using Flash? This is a wee-bit strange. Why do remote programs use “local storage” inside your PC that can be easily accessed the web? This for most is a clear threat and a security risk.
This is why we recommend automatically removing all Flash Cookies, unless you know which ones are absolutely necessary. Gaming cookies are good examples of Flash Cookies that may be needed.
We’ve been following this practice on every single one of our personal and business computers since last fall and have yet to find a problem because we removed a Flash Cookie.
We’d rather be safe than sorry.
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