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14 November, 2007

Muzzle Flash

Searching for something else, I've discovered a web-based interface for configuring security/privacy settings in Flash Player.

It also allows one to delete persistent data (analogous to cookies, but not cookies) set by Flash embedded in certain sites, if one wishes. Let's not get excited: I'm not suggesting this data is set maliciously, and Macromedia claim they don't have access to it, but it is a record of sites one has visited, which mightn't be desirable in certain circumstances.

I'm sure Neil will correct me if I'm mistaken, but I'm not aware of this facility being available within browsers' native settings – I haven't tested it, but I don't think Firefox's 'Remove All Cookies' touches Flash's proprietory 'cookies'-equivalent. Counter-intuitively, it seems that one needs to visit the Macromedia website to configure a local installation of the Flash Player plugin.

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