Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Security Now Tip - Do you really know where your cookies are?

Did you know that some web sites use objects called Flash cookies to make sure information isn't lost when you clear your browser cookies cache?

Based on the Security Now information, I confirmed that a few banking institutions are using Flash cookies to keep track on my information.

The only way to determine what is being tracked is to use the Marcomedia web application. I will not detail it here, but another blog by Victor Laurie has some excellent instructions on both viewing and changing the Flash player settings. Victor also wrote a newer blog on the subject after listening to the Security Now podcast.

Opinion: This little known and not all that obvious use of "cookies" is very real and it needs to be exposed so that your information is not compromised.

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