Flash Player Security Issues
I first became concerned when I a window popped up telling me that there was an updated version of Adobe Flash Player available & asked if I wanted to download it. I was a bit alarmed, because I do not allow any of my programs (except Firefox) to automatically check for updates. If my computer knows there is an update, there had to be communication between my computer & an outside server--a security risk. But there is nothing listed in my ZoneAlarm programs list that would allow / disallow this. The popup window gave me an option of changing my update settings, but when I click on it, it doesn't open a program on my own computer. It goes to the macromedia.com website where I can change my settings.
So now I am concerned & confused. How is the program communicating with an outside server without my knowledge? How are these settings that I am selecting on an outside website going to be remembered by my computer? I searched my brain for some knowledge that would explain how this was happening. I came up with nothing. So I Googled & eventually came up with this excellent article from EPIC.org (see below).
It explains what's happening very simply & thoroughly. Basically, because so many of us are deleting or refusing cookies, there is now a Flash cookie being used that isn't so easily identified or deleted. So read this article, then download Objection, a great Firefox extension that helps you delete those Flash cookies. Also, if you are using Evidence Eliminator, modify your options to include deletion of these .sol files.
I sure wish I had known about this sooner. Hope all this helps!
URL #1: http://epic.org/privacy/cookies/flash.html