Cookie
Cookie
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Cookie

5.10
24 August 2019

Protect your online privacy.

Overview

Cookie prevents third parties from hijacking your browsing experience. The sites you visit store "cookies" in your browser without your knowledge or consent. Some are helpful, but others are frustrating and invasive. Cookie can help.

More privacy, better browsing
  • Enhanced for Security. Secure delete any unwanted data, and rest easy knowing that external threats can't recover your private data.
  • Avoid invasive marketing. Tired of targeted ads that mysteriously know what products you've been shopping for online? Eliminate them with Cookie.
  • Freedom from Flash, and Silverlight. Cookie is adept at eliminating Flash and Silverlight cookies, especially large and persistent types of cookie.
  • Impressive results with minimal effort. By consolidating all your cookie controls into an easy interface, Cookie makes maintaining your browsing privacy a cinch.

What's new in Cookie

Version 5.10:
  • Fixed a potential issue with full disk access

Requirements for Cookie

  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

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For those of you who would rather not purchase through the Mac App Store - A license for Cookie can now be for purchased direct through the SweetP Productions Store ***Note - to be able to use the license, you will need to re-download the updated trial binary, from here
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Version 1.5
Aeschylus
20 August 2019
I'm impressed. This has worked well for years through system upgrades and is promptly updated when needed. It is quality software and I'm glad I bought this when I did. I feel like I control cookies and they don't control me. I love every time FB doesn't recognize me and wants me to open a new account - this means, they can't track me. Yay!
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Version 5.9.13
Kenm22
14 July 2019
I have used Cookie for a very long time. It is one of a very few indispensable pieces of software I own. I wouldn't want to be without it. I find it to be set it and forget it. Russell, the developer is one of the most responsive developers out there. If only other developers would take a lesson from him. In reading Big Johnson's comments it seems to me that by having 305 cookies he is defeating the very purpose for which this piece of software exists...to reduce the number of cookies to only those you need on a regular basis and to avoid tracking cookies. Cookie does this better than any piece of Mac software I know of. No piece of software, or anything else we use for that matter, has unlimited capacity. Even if you were able to design such a thing the cost would be prohibitive and the resources it would use would be astronomical.
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Version 5.9.12
iMacWare
25 May 2019
You absolutely must be using Cookie! The trial is enough for you to be persuaded, you need it. It's a must have. I have seen Safari fail to clear cache. Get cookie! It's better than chocolate chip malanos! ?
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Version 5.9.9
Derekcurrie
17 April 2019
Indispensable. Excellent developer. A top notch tool in my arsenal.
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Version 5.9.9
Aapple
14 April 2019
Tried using 5.9.8. After setting up and trying to remove a few cookies, it crashed. After having crashed, it can not start again. It never even gets to run. I still can run version 4.8 without issues. I tried totally removing 5.6.8 using AppDelete. After that it ran once, crashed and back to square one. Don't buy without trying. (MacOS 10.13.6., MacPro 5,1)
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Version 5.9.8
1 answer(s)
SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
17 April 2019
this was a bug in Cookie's Firefox IndexedDB parsing. I have it fixed in v5.9.9 which is available on my store now. The App Store version will take some time for review.
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Ack Ack Ack
21 March 2019
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Version 5.9.6
Big Johnson
12 March 2019
What a horrible, useless pi*ce of ****** this has become!

For the past several weeks I've been using Firefox and Cookie is completely ineffective - does not function at all with FF Quantum.

FF cookies aren't ever shown in the cookies list so they can't be removed there either.

And there are two cookies shown for Chromium that are impossible to remove even though I manually deleted them in Chromium; One is a Demdex tracking cookie.

The icon in the menu bar is no longer white with black chips. For the past several version it's now dark grey with black chips and I don't like it. I'm using dark menu bar, but disabling it makes it even uglier.

Cookie routinely uses more than 120% CPU which causes my fans to race. And Cookie can almost never be quit from the menu bar - I must open Activity Monitor and quit it there.

Why is one of the choices for icon appearance a location indicator?! Cookie's not a map! That's just dumb AF.
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Version 5.9.6
5 answer(s)
SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
12 March 2019
A great menu icon means Cookie is disabled - click the Enable Automatic Removals button, in the menus, or in the main window.

As for Firefox Quantum, it now locks its cookie database when open, so as is recommended - you should only remove cookies when the browser is closed (quit). You can still delete cookies while Firefox is open... but it most likely will cause corruption.

Maybe the Chromium cookies are Extensions. Cookie whitelists all extensions by default so you don't mess up any settings they require. you can change this behaviour on the Advanced tab in Preferences or by clicking the STAR icon in the bottom right of the main window.

You can easily find all these answers in my support forums.
:)
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
12 March 2019
Since I don't use auto-removal, I guess I saw that menu entry and paused it. I've been logged out of too many sites I was actively using so I now remove cookies manually.

The one exception is I do have "remove at login" enabled
(I'd prefer it happen at shutdown).

No check mark appears to let the user know that option has been changed, only the name changes so it's easy to overlook. There's no notice given that pausing removal also disables the ability to quit the app.

But if some functions are paused, why does it continually use so much freakin' RAM?! After re-enabling it RAM usage is still excessive - I've seen it as high as 115% while typing this reply.

Firefox is listed as one of the browsers in the requirements posted above, yet there's no mention that FF Quantum won't work with your app. Quantum was released in Nov. 2017, so you've known for over a year that Cookie is incompatible with it and neglected to make it known? Don't blame MU for posting inaccurate information either - you could have easily asked them to correct it.

I specifically stated that one of the persistent cookies is a Demdex tracking cookie. You should should know that tracking cookies are NOT browser extensions!

It's also SLOW AF! Even right after reboot if I click a triangle and try to remove a cookie from whitelist, I get beachballing and it takes many seconds to complete.
Simply enabling/disabling the pause feature in the menu causes beachball for a second or two.

In fact just clicking the icon to open the menu is enough to beachball briefly almost every time. And the menu is very slow to respond, taking a few seconds before items are highlighted as the cursor passes over them.
I rebooted less than an hour ago and have almost 6.5 GB of free memory.
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SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
12 March 2019
you must have a lot of cookies for it to be beach balling. If you leave the Cookie window open, the cookie list reloads every time a new cookie is created. And if you have a lot of cookies, that takes processor cycles to parse every single one. While you browse, Cookie is constantly trying to parse and display all the changes (while the window is open).

The same happens when you press the menu icon, Cookie needs to parse all your cookies to update the menu.

So both your issues are related to having a large number of cookies. There really is no need to keep a large number of cookies, that is the whole purpose of Cookie, to only keep the minim required for optimal browsing.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
14 March 2019
I only have a lot of cookies if you consider 305 a lot. And that’s for three browsers - people who never clean their cookies may have hundreds of tracking cookies in just one browser.
And those are just the opt-out favorites, no logins or cookies for sites I use.

You’ve known for a long time that I have a lot of cookies, yet this is the first time you’ve stated that Cookie bogs down with too many (how many is too many is unknown).

Back in April 2016 I said "I know it's not typical for someone to have 100+ favorite cookies, but I spent a LOT of time downloading opt-out cookies and marking them."

And then in June 2016 I said "It took me a couple hours to setup and download and mark over 200 opt-out cookies."

So you could have told me nearly three years ago about this problem!

As I’ve explained here before, I use Cookie to save opt-out cookies which tell sites not to set cookies. By saving those cookies, it prevents those sites from adding new ones as I traverse the web. Having these cookies prevents tracking and increases privacy. So you’re wrong - there’s IS a very good reason for having so many cookies.

Opt-out cookies must be saved in each browser, and many sites set multiple opt-out cookies per browser, e.g. I have 17 for mookie (8 Safari, 4 FF, 5 Chromium) and 18 for adtechus (12 Safari, 2 FF, 3 Chromium).

If you clear your cookies from within a browser, all your opt-out cookies will be deleted as well. That’s why I bought Cookie - so I could mark which ones were favorites and they would be saved while unwanted ones are deleted.
I had no way of knowing Cookie has severe limitations which prevent it from working with the third most popular browser in the world and only allows it to perform satisfactorily with a small number of cookies.

The former may have been caused by changes to Firefox’s architecture, but once you became aware of it you had a duty to disclose it.
You’re hiding the fact that your app is not made to work with a large number of cookies, just like you’re hiding the fact that it’s incompatible with Quantum. What else are you hiding?

If a developer knows their software has limitations and/or incompatibilities, those should be clearly posted in the description so users can have that knowledge BEFORE they install it. Someone may have installed Cookie today who will soon discover that IT DOES NOT WORK WITH QUANTUM.



For anyone interested, you can simply search for "opt-out cookies."
But a few of the top sites that can download privacy cookies for many other sites are http://optout.networkadvertising.org/, http://optout.aboutads.info/?c=2&lang=EN and (for EU cookies) http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.

Be aware that in order for opt-out cookies to be installed, you must first allow your browser to accept all cookies and disable ad blockers. Once you have the cookies you can re-enable your ad blocker and block 3rd-party cookies again.

After that, DO NOT REMOVE THE OPT-OUT COOKIES!
If you use Cookie you’ll need to mark them all as favorites.
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Filou53
Filou53
19 March 2019
Very interesting discussion.
thanks for the informations
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Hal-Itosis
23 December 2018
Never have I seen such bizarre behavior in a list window on a Mac before. Clicking disclosure triangles [in the Websites panel] and whitelisting their contained items leads to all kinds of strange UI responses (short freezes, odd jumps). Something in Cookie's list-window code is seriously wrong.

And there's still no keyboard shortcut to whitelist an item!?!? Does the author even use his own program?

-HI-
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Version 5.9.4
1 answer(s)
SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
03 January 2019
this could be due to the Websites tab reloading, which would happen if you are loading a url in a browser with Cookie open
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mjwoolf
12 December 2018
I can't leave a zero, but that's what this piece of crap deserves. Stay away at all costs. The support website gives instruction to do things and open things that DO NOT EXIST. Run and manage the damn things yourself directly in Safari because this junk won't do it for you
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Version 5.9.4
1 answer(s)
SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
03 January 2019
do you mean the library folder?
there are 3 library folders on macOS....
the folders Cookie needs access to are in the user folder.
the user folder is denoted by the ~ in the path.

Heres a useful guide:
https://appletoolbox.com/2018/02/how-to-show-your-user-library-in-macos-high-sierra-and-sierra/
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artie505
16 November 2018
Hey, Russell,

I'm sick of creating new login identities, so I'm posting here to let you know that mail to support@sweetpproductions.com and rgray@.... is bouncing:

550: 5.7.23 SPF validation failed. Please see http://www.openspf.org/Why?id=xxx%40verizon.net&ip=74.6.130.124&receiver=lvps46-163-78-189.dedicated.hosteurope.de : Reason: mechanism

The message I've been trying to send is:

Is there any way to get Cookie to remember my column width prefs in my Cookie window?

They're a giant PIA to set in the first place, and they revert to default when I quit Cookie.
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Version 5.9.2
6 answer(s)
SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
18 November 2018
ill look into it Artie.
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artie505
artie505
18 November 2018
It's apparently some sort of "handshake" type problem resulting from new EU rules, but I'm not sure if it's your ISP, AOL, or both that's at fault.
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SweetP Productions
SweetP Productions
18 November 2018
you mail server isn't sending a valid SPF. I hardened up my mail server, as I was tired of sifting through countless spam messages each day, to find the real messages. I'll see if I can dial it back a little
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artie505
artie505
18 November 2018
Thanks, Russell,

I emailed AOL, but I"ve got absolutely no faith in them.

Fingers crossed.
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artie505
artie505
20 November 2018
No luck so far, Russell...

"Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

<support@sweetpproductions.com>:
550: 5.7.0 Server IP 74.6.131.42 listed as abusive. See http://spamauditor.org/best-practices/ip-reputation/ for more information. Protection provided by MagicSpam 2.0.18-1 http://www.magicspam.com"

No way for you to whitelist me?
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artie505
artie505
20 November 2018
No luck, Russell; back to the original "mechanism" error.

Sorry. :(

Am I the only person trying to contact you via AOL, or is lots of mail not getting to you?
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