Better Privacy is a Firefox extension that serves to protect against undeletable long-term cookies, a new generation of 'Super-Cookie', which silently conquered the Internet. This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research. Concerning privacy 'Flash' and 'DOM Storage' -cookies are most critical.
Flash-Cookies (Local Shared Objects) are pieces of information placed on your computer by a Flash plugin. Those Super-Cookies are placed in central system folders and so protected from deletion. They are frequently used like standard browser cookies. Although their thread potential is much higher as of conventional cookies, only few users began to take notice of them.
It is of frequent occurrence that -after a time- hundreds of those cookies reside in special folders. And they won't be deleted - never! BetterPrivacy can stop them, e.g. by silently removing those cookies on every browser start. So this extension is sort of "install and forget add-on". Though the automatic deletion is absolutely safe (no negative impact on your browsing), it is still possible to review and delete new Flash-cookies manually. BetterPrivacy also protects against 'DOM Storage' longterm user tracking, a browser feature which has been granted by the major browser manufactures.
Privacy test: http://netcat.ath.cx/BetterPrivacy/BetterPrivacy.htm (right column)
Time after time it happens that on some days users get corrupted downloads from this server. I assure, the checksum of the file I uploaded is 100% accurate. If your FireFox announces a checksum error though, try again one day later. Please do not write reviews on those server annoyances.
Some users want to keep the default flash cookie (settings.sol) where the global Flash informations are stored. BetterPrivacy allows to keep that cookie but you have to go to BetterPrivacy's options dialog and to uncheck 'Auto-delete flash !default! cookie on start'.
Attention, there is a common misunderstanding. You cannot use the settings.sol cookie to store global security settings. It is used to store sound and camera settings only. The other settings are site specific and would be stored in the appropiate site cookie. So you would have to define a security setting for every single domain. If you really choose to do so, you must allow all flash cookies to be stored and consequently admit tracking too. At least you would have to allow the storage of those cookies where you have defined your security settings.
· Mozilla Firefox
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· fixed: BetterPrivacy might freeze Firefox on Linux Ubuntu OS
· fixed: BetterPrivacy ignores time range if removing usual cookies
· fixed: Incompatibility with some add-ons and probably other reported issues that could not be confirmed in tests