The problem is that cookies and browser history kinda sorta mostly go together and if you’re not paying close attention to both, then list of cookies and your Mac’s browsing history end up containing a bunch of data you’d rather not have shared with anyone else.
Something needs to be done, but bear with my logic for a moment. A capitalist society feeds on revenue and profits. Google profits by taking information away from people and selling it to the highest bidder in exchange for free applications. I understand that. But is the trade worth it?
What I don’t want is to be tracked like I’m an animal in the woods, fair game for everyone with a rifle. My first step toward a more private me starts with my browsers and with Cookie, a Mac app which quickly deletes cookies, Flash cookies, browser databases, and even browser history, and does it all automatically, and on a schedule, if you prefer. The oddly named Cookie couldn’t be easier to setup and use.
Click a few settings in the Cookie window and you’re good to go. That is how I setup Cookie on my Macs.
Cookie scans your Mac for all types of cookies from Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, and others, and then deletes them after so many minutes, or when you close the browser. Flash cookies are the worst and hold many times more information that basic browser cookies. Cookie kills those, too.
I have my Cookie setup to delete everything, including the browser history, as soon as I close the browser. When you open the browser again the cookies are gone, the database storage files are empty, and history has been deleted.
That won’t prevent outside forces of darkness from trying to track my online whereabouts, but it slows them down, and gives me a little extra peace of mind that’s worth a few dollars.
Also, note that my site, TeraTalks, is devoid of tracking cookies. That’s right. No ad trackers. No trackers. No cookies.
Another way to help secure your Mac with an extra layer of privacy is one that works behind the scenes. Open System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, click the Firewall button, then click the Turn On Firewall button below. There are a few other self-explanatory settings. For some reason Apple leaves the Mac’s firewall off by default, but having it on provides another layer of free security that Cookie does not.