Adobe recently released a new version of the Flash Player, 10.3, which is a big improvement for Mac users. In addition to using less CPU, this version will notify you when there's a newer version available – something the Windows version has done for quite some time now. But one of the big reason you want to install the latest version (available for free from Adobe) is the new Preference Pane.
When you install the latest version, you'll get a new Preference Pane in the "Other" section at the bottom. Open it up, and you'll see this:
Let me suggest that you set the "Local Storage Settings" as above – "Ask me." Why? Well, click on "Local Storage Setting by Site" and you might be surprised:
I found dozens and dozens of sites listed here – most without storage, but some using up some space – but I didn't recognize 99% of them.It's not so much the amount of space being used that bothers me – it's the fact that sites I know nothing about are tracking me. I have never been to most of these sites (at least, that I know of). So I deleted a ton of them (most of the ones using space, especially if I didn't recognize them) and now I get asked before anything can save off data. It looks like this:
This was taken from a tech site. What the heck is s.ytimg.com? Beats me – this certainly was taken from there. But it asked twice while the video was playing to save off data.
Now, you've always been able to control this – but it was practically a secret. You had to head to a special web page at Adobe and then you could set preferences such as this. Not exactly intuitive. Now at least it's easy to set things up the way you want, and you can easily find the version installed (go to the "Advanced" tab for the version number).
Personally, I'm glad they have finally added an easy way to stop these mystery sites from tracking me.