Does firefox's don't store cookies setting ever change "spontaneously"

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by HandsOff, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. HandsOff

    HandsOff Registered Member

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    I would never set it to allow sites to store cookies (other than specific exceptions) I wonder how it got set that way?


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  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Exceptions category ... plus, are you the only user?
    Mrk
     
  3. ErikAlbert

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    I never had that experience and I verified Firefox regarding cookies right after reading this thread.
    I don't accept any cookie in Firefox, exceptions are blank and I don't have any cookies either.
    Maybe some dirty malware changed your cookie settings.
     
  4. IMM

    IMM Spyware Fighter

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    I can't guess how it happened - but one of the things you could consider doing - is creating a user.js as an override for some of your prefs.js settings.
    It's less likely that malware (or some reset of the settings) will change it.
    http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/edit
     
  5. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I also moved the folder "Profiles" of Firefox to another harddisk [D:], which is quite easy to do.
    If a newbie like me can do it, everybody can.
     
  6. Rodehard

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    Might double check your Firefox version. Mine auto updated last week (I changed that setting in a hurry), caused a BSOD and after rebooting I found all sorts of settings were back to default including cookies. Most annoying.
     
  7. nameless

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    There is no way that Firefox, or its updater, caused a BSOD.
     
  8. Rodehard

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    Well dang, I should have checked with you first!:) Actually, your correct, I misspoke. It wasnt really a BSOD but rather my system locked up and required a hard shutdown. It was, as far as I could tell, caused by Firefox. Then I went in to settings and found things, not all, set back to default, at least cookies and I forget the other.
     
  9. HandsOff

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    Hey Rodehard -

    Actually, that was the scenario that I think was the problem. I did not have any problems with the program not working, just a problem with that setting being changed. The funny thing is, I thought the default setting was not to allow cookies, but it's been to long for me to know for sure.

    I have left the program on auto-update. Something I just thought I'd try for a while before I condemn it. As I see it, there are still some important upgrades coming to FF and I'd rather get them sooner than later.

    I'll just be sure to check the settings after an update. If I knew for a fact that the updater was the culprit I would provide some feedback to Mozilla. I'm guessing that they want to know what the end user thinks.


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  10. Devil's Advocate

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    Happened to me tons of times. The profile gets pretty much wiped out. Most of the extensions that stored their settings this way gets reset to the default. But not during a firefox main program update though.
     
  11. Mele20

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    Turn off auto update. It causes too many problems. You want to be in control not some auto updater. If you think you won't know when to check for updates, either read the forums at Mozillazine or the Mozilla forum at http://www.dslreports.com/forum/mozilla.

    I have had many settings, including cookies, put back to default after updates. But when I am in control of when I update, I know to check immediately to see what has been messed up by the update.

    I detest auto update of anything except Antivirus definitions (and antispyware ones if you use a dedicated antispyware application that runs in real time).
     
  12. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    You can use the Stealther Firefox extension to turn off Cookies, History, etc. when you surf.

    -- Tom
     
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