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How do i disable 3rd party cookies in firefox 2.0?

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Post Posted October 24th, 2006, 8:27 pm

I was surprised to find that the option to disable 3rd party cookies missing from Firefox 2.0. So how do i disable 3rd party cookies in Firefox 2.0?

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Post Posted October 24th, 2006, 9:14 pm

i have also been looking for this option. unless 3rd party cookies are blocked by default. there is no need for them at all anyway.

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Post Posted October 24th, 2006, 10:07 pm

They are not blocked by default. There was an excuse about how 1st party sites set cookies in frames or something, so that blocking 3rd party cookies was not 100% effective.
You can set this in about:config, (but as above, the developers claim it does not always work)
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.cookie.cookieBehavior

But if you really care about cookies you should tell it never to set cookies, and either manually or with an extension like CookieButton, add the sites you really want to remember you to the exceptions list to allow them. (Some websites like yahoo or ebay may use a barrage of cookies from several subdomains, so you may have to add to the list manually to get them to work).
http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1247/ Cookiebutton

Another thing to worry about is web bugs, tiny images used to track you. Blocking images from third-party sites breaks most of the internet, so a good method to block web bugs may be hard to find. Proxomitron can do it but it is pretty complicated. Maybe there is an extension that blocks web bugs well, if you know of one please mention it.

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Post Posted October 24th, 2006, 11:22 pm

Cookiesafe extension blocks 3rd party cookies and privoxy is easy to use to block webbugs.
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Post Posted October 25th, 2006, 7:04 am

thank you "craigevil" for your reply. Until someone finds out a way to really disable 3rd party cookies in Firefox 2.0 i will use CookieSafe which supposedly blocks third party cookies.

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2006, 12:55 pm

open a tab in firefox 2 and type about:config go down to the line network.cookie.cookieBehavior and right click the line and click modify and change it to 1 then Only cookies from the originating server are allowed means no third party just do a search on google for firefox about:config tweaks and you should find what your looking for like on mozillazine has it too

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 12:20 am

It's not an excuse. The devs felt that too many 3rd party cookies were getting through anyway, and to block them all effectively would prevent most of the web from working properly. It lead to a false sense of security so it was taken out. I'm surprised to see the attitude that it was an "excuse" or the devs didn't care. People use firefox because it's designed with safety in mind. This is just another example of that.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 1:45 am

I would say Cookiesafe would be a better choice here. It now includes 3rd party options which let you allow or block any of those friendly or nasty cookies.
So just as what Noscript does, you simply block all but allowed websites, so only those you find it needed and trustworthy would have your mighty permission.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 6:37 am

A co-worker and I have setup the beginnings of a site to deal with web bugs http://www.webbugwatch.com . Not much yet but you can submit bugs and some SW to detect them. Please feel free to contribute.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 8:56 am

Does FF2.0 not implement <a href="http://www.w3.org/P3P/">p3p</a> on third-party cookies, as IE does? It's a w3c thing after all..

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 1:04 pm

If you already have FF 1.x already set to block 3rd party cookies, when you upgrade to 2.x the above mentioned 3rd party preference settings should carry over in about:config - I checked and it did in mine, at least.

HTH and Cheers,
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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 5:48 pm

>>Lucy wrote:
"The devs felt that too many 3rd party cookies were getting through anyway"<<<

I found that the 3rd party cookie block feature worked well. The amount of cookies in my cookie folder has exploded since this change. I used to check it periodically, and I would rarely see anything that I didn't want to be there.

Anyway, I changed the number in about:config as suggested. We'll see how it works.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 6:10 pm

tried downloading cookiesafe. It doesn't seem to do anything when I click on the button. I can't find a downloaded file anywhere. Is it disabled?

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2006, 8:55 pm

This was also the case for me.

Maddoktor2 wrote:If you already have FF 1.x already set to block 3rd party cookies, when you upgrade to 2.x the above mentioned 3rd party preference settings should carry over in about:config - I checked and it did in mine, at least.

HTH and Cheers,
Dok :)

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Post Posted November 4th, 2006, 6:31 am

CookieSafe isn't downloading. Anyone know what the problem is?

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