Recommended cookie manager extension



  • I'm seeing problems with Vivaldi's cookie management---wsj.com apparently wants me to enable 3rd party cookies (but not when I use Firefox) for Vivaldi, and I don't see any way to enable a whitelist of cookies to be preserved, if I have Vivaldi delete all cookies when I close the browser. OK, I see there are a few cookie extensions in the Chrome store. Are there any that any vivaldi users can recommend---to use or stay away from? All I really want is to maintain a whitelist of cookies to be preserved, and then have either the extension or Vivaldi delete everything that is NOT on the whitelist. If I can avoid an extension writer that is using this for data mining, I'd love to.



  • Yeah, I'd like to know that too, please do tell when you find one. At the moment I'm clearing cookies manually, leaving the ones I'd appreciate to whitelist really.

    Strike the above, I'm an impatient person.
    Vanilla Cookie manager does exactly what we need, it whitelists cookies you wish to keep. Set Vivaldi settings – Cookie Control to "accept all", and in the options of the extension, whitelist the cookies you need and check "clear unwanted cookies on startup".

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vanilla-cookie-manager/gieohaicffldbmiilohhggbidhephnjj?hl=en-US

    Don't know about its privacy but it is unobtrusive and works like expected. I'll probably stick with this till Vivaldi comes up with a native implementation.



  • @luetage:

    Vanilla Cookie manager does exactly what we need, it whitelists cookies you wish to keep. Set Vivaldi settings – Cookie Control to "accept all", and in the options of the extension, whitelist the cookies you need and check "clear unwanted cookies on startup"...

    The problem with that extension is that you initially have to accept all 3rd-party cookies once you set the browser to 'accept all'. While dumping cookies upon exit works for cookies not whitelisted, it makes the browser accept 3rd party cookies which then remain on the system (and can be used for user-tracking) until the user either restarts his browser or the built-in 30-minute Vanilla deletion-timer kicks in. With many sites continually setting similar 3rd party cookies, some of them might never get really dumped by the timer because of continually being re-established by newly-browsed sites that share them. Personally, I don't even want them on the system to begin with unless whitelisted by site, then I'd really like them auto-dumped when I leave the site.



  • Hmm, I don't think that's true. In Vivaldi settings there are 2 options: Accept Cookies and Third Party Cookies. Accept cookies you have to set to "all", but Third Party Cookies you can set to "block". The extension doesn't interfere with this setting.

    And yeah, the non third party cookies stay on your browser till you restart, but I don't see why this is harmful. You can only be tracked when you actually use the browser, not when the application is turned off.



  • I think one would have to install and test the extension against 3rd party cookies to see what really goes on. If one sets Vivaldi's third party cookie setting to 'block', then that would simply block all such cookies, regardless of the extension even being there (with the resulting problem of successfully loading certain sites that demand 3rd party cookies). However, my understanding is that the Vanilla extension does not actually "block" 3rd party cookies, but simply deletes them either upon browser exiting/restarting or periodically on a timed basis. In the meantime, 3rd party cookies are accepted and exist on the system until deleted, in which case they can act as tracking cookies for other websites also using the same 3rd-party sites during the browsing interval before deletion. The extension's white-listing only acts to select which cookie types will not be deleted by the extension for a chosen web site.



  • I'm having the same issue. Apparently books.googleusercontent.com is a 3rd party cookie so no using Google Play Books if you want to block 3rd party cookies. We need a whitelist, and I don't want to use an extension for this.



  • Does Ghostery do want you want, or alternatively Privacy Badger?


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