Steve Coerper (16 Feb 2011)
"Re:  Computers & Cookies"

 
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2011/ed215-1.htm
 
To Ed and all:
 
You deleted your cookies?  Think again:

More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday.

Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.

See also:   http://tips.webdesign10.com/flash-cookies-privacy and  http://www.ghacks.net/2007/05/04/flash-cookies-explained/
 
Or just do a search on "flash cookies."
 
Here's one way of dealing with them:  http://www.itworld.com/internet/118784/how-murder-a-flash-cookie-zombie
 
Best,
 
Steve
 
 
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