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Monday, April 04, 2005

No more PIE

For those who know, websites used to (and still do) track your movements/website visits/internet trends, by using cookies they'd leave on your computer's internet cache. You could delete these by going to your browser's internet options and clicking "delete cookies", and then setting your security settings a bit higher (to prevent future cookies).

But they've found another way to "get" you.

The newest method of tracking is called "PIE" (bastards are even using the name of a favorite food! ARRR!), which stands for "Persistent Identification Element." (click to read) This operates through Flash MX. In the link above, Macromedia has set up information on how to disable this.


Anonymous John Dowdell said...

You can protect yourself from rogue advertisers today.

If you context-click in any Macromedia Flash (SWF) file, you'll see a "Settings" panel. This will let you inspect and set how much storage this SWF's serving domain is permitted to use on your computer.

Or click that little "?" help icon in the Settings Panel, to pull up a webpage on the Macromedia site which lets you set storage permissions for *all* domains at once. (The UI for this control is a webpage on the Macromedia site, but all your preferences are stored locally, on your own machine.)

You can set all domains to zero kilobytes permitted storage if you wish. If so, then if you visit a new site where you'd like to permit such cookies, a small request dialog will automatically show.

Ongoing info, and lots of links:

John Dowdell
Macromedia Support

4/06/2005 2:28 PM

Blogger GerkMax said...

Thanks for the info, John!

4/06/2005 10:50 PM


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