VPN Setups and Dangerous Supercookies

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Alvin Bryan

Alvin Bryan is a freelance writer and online privacy enthusiast enthusiast currently contributing quality tips and troubleshooting on personal VPN services, and online privacy and security news. You can also find him on Google +.

VPN Setups CookiesThere are a lot of new and even more dangerous cookies out there today. Advertisers more than hackers or thieves want to track users to get their valuable information. But VPN setups along with safe browser and antivirus vigilance can keep you free of them.

Ineffectual Cookie Bans

Online privacy campaigns have made it well known that cookies are a danger to user privacy. But what most people understand about cookies is what they have read about the usual HTTP variety. These cookies are what you can block in your browser settings. They save preferences, auto-fill forms and remember passwords. Users have learned how to effectively shut out these trackers. So companies that rely on cookies for their survival have found new ways to spot and track users.

VPN Setups SupercookiesThese new cookies do more damage and are very difficult to detect and remove. They are generally labeled Supercookies, and they act like viruses. Once a user gets one of these on his or her device, it is likely to stay. The best way to deal with this danger is to prevent them from entering your system in the first place. This is where VPN setups and strong antivirus come in. They can block these cookies so you don’t get infected.

Because of the efforts of privacy campaigners, some countries have outlawed cookies. The European Union for instance has made it illegal for EU member citizens to be secretly tracked by companies. But the regulations are not clear on what cookies are illegal to use. And users must accept website terms of use anyway, and this constitutes an acceptance of cookies in most cases.

VPN Setups and Supercookies

There are several types of what we call Supercookies. We can’t detail all of them, but we can show you want they are capable of and how to avoid them. So let’s look at one of the most familiar ones, and one of the most dangerous ones.

Probably the most well-known Supercookie is the Flash cookie, a type of local shared object. Many websites have used these cookies over the past five years. Flash cookies can be automatically stored on your computer without your knowledge. They cannot be detected or deleted by the usual antivirus and cleaning software. They are created to evade these security measures. They can be accessed by any browser, but not blocked by them. And they can hold 25 times more data than the usual HTML cookies can.

Flash cookies are controlled by Adobe Flash player, so you need to change your Adobe settings online to block all or limit the number of cookies that can access your system. If you use CCleaner, you can set it to delete Flash cookies. You can also delete selected cookie files (.sol) through your browser. Always remember, though, that some websites won’t work if you block all Flash cookies. You can also use plugins to block cookies, but these make you more identifiable.

VPN Setups Zombie CookiesThe Zombie cookie by its name alone illustrates the dangerous nature of this most feared of Supercookies. This cookie can’t die because whenever it is removed, it comes back. But since it uses a Flash code to regenerate cookies, adjusting your Flash settings can prevent them.

VPN setups are effective in preventing Supercookies from getting near a user’s computer. This is because they protect you before you can be infected. VPN setups are not made for local computer security and are not anti-cookie or anti-virus tools. But you must first be identified before you can get infected. And VPN setups help to secure your identity. This way, VPN setups can help you stay safe from the destructive effects of Supercookies. And because they secure your identity, VPN setups make it harder to fingerprint you even if you use a cookie blocker.