Unless otherwise noted, most websites store some data on your computer so that they can track how you use Adobe Flash Player .This data helps you save the results of your Flash-based games, where you left off when watching a movie using Flash Player, and the like. Data about other sites that you viewed may also be stored.
Adobe Flash Settings
Windows 7/8/10 provides you with Flash Player Settings Manager so that you can control the operation of Flash Player and allow all sites to install data on your computer. We already talked about this when we saw how the new Adobe Flash update now pushes Automatic Updates along with third-party software.
Now let’s try to understand what these settings mean from a security point of view.
Manage Local Flash Storage Settings
To open Flash Player Settings Manager, open the control panel and click the Flash Player icon. The default tab is the Storage tab , and it allows you to see that all websites store “Flash Cookies” on your computer. The same tab also allows you to prevent websites from storing data on your computer for tracking purposes.
On the Storage tab, you can see three options:
- Allow all sites to save information on this computer
- Ask me before allowing new sites to store information on this computer
- Block all sites for storing information on this computer
The options speak for themselves. However, before choosing one of the above options, it is recommended to check which sites have already stored information on your site. To do this, click Local storage settings on the site . This option in the Flash Player settings manager will show you a list of sites that already store information on your computer.
You can delete the ones that you think you don’t need, and then go back and choose the second option (ask me before allowing new sites to save information on a computer). To delete websites in the Local storage settings for a site section , select a website and click Delete . After that, click Close to return and select the second option.
On the Camera tab, you can select camera and microphone settings. Choose if you want Flash to ask you when the site wants to use the camera or microphone, or you want your Flash Player to block their use on all sites.
Ad hoc network
Websites that offer streaming audio and video can provide you better performance if other users on the network share their bandwidth with you. This is known as affiliate networks. However, you may not want to share it if you have low bandwidth. In such cases, you can block the access of websites to affiliate networks. The playback tab in the Flash Player Settings Manager allows you to customize this.
You have two options:
- Ask me when a site wants to use a peer-to-peer network.
- Block all sites from using peer-to-peer networks
As with Local Storage Settings , you may need to find out which sites already use peer-to-peer networks on your computer. Click the Peer to Peer Network link to open a dialog box with websites using this feature. You can then remove the websites from the dialog box by selecting each website and clicking Delete .
Click Close and select option 1 (Ask me when a site wants to use a peer-to-peer network). This way, you’ll get a hint every time a website wants to share your bandwidth. If you do not want to share bandwidth, just Block when prompted.
On the “Advanced” tab, you can select the update options. You can also delete all local storage, saved options and settings. You can also deauthorize Flash Player to play previously played back protected content in case you plan to get rid of your computer.
This post will show you how to disable or remove Flash & Shockwave Player if you ever decide.
I hope you found this post useful and learned something new here!