24 Jan 2010 Ferado

How to Delete Flash Cookies

Flash Cookies, otherwise known as Local Shared Objects, are stored on your system by many Flash Applications to save game state, session information, and other security related information. It’s really up to you to decide whether or not you want to keep the cookies, and for how long. I had a situation recently where I wanted to, um, by-pass something and so I had to delete the Flash Cookies for that site.

Keep in mind, Flash Cookies are not the same as your regular browser cookies. These type of cookies persists longer than a browser session and are not controlled by your browser settings. As a matter of fact, Flash Cookies don’t have to distinguish between a browser. They can be used to store information for IE & Firefox. Which means if you’re a flash developer and you want to customize your site for either browser and be able to tell if the user has come to your site from one browser or the other. Let’s say you want to display a “welcome back” message. With normal cookies you wouldn’t be able to tell if the user came to your site already using IE, should they come in using FireFox. Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects would give you a way to tell if they’ve been to your site before, regardless of what browser they used.

Whatever your reasoning for needing to remove your Flash Cookies, here’s how you’re going to do it.

3 Ways to Delete Flash Cookies (Local Shared Objects)

1. Visit Adobe’s website and look for the “delete” buttons and click one of them.

2. Use one of the following FireFox plugins:

3. For MAC users, there’s a program called FLUSH.

I’m sure there are more programs out there if you keep Googling. But I don’t really see the point in looking any farther. The preceding list does it for me :)