How Can I Protect My Privacy By Deleting Flash Cookies In Chrome?

The majority of websites store information about us via the use of cookies. Increasingly, this involves the use of Flash cookies which are also known as local-shared objects (LSOs).

The potential problem with this is that they can often be left behind when you clear your other browser data. Fortunately, Chrome has a solution:

deleting Flash cookies

If you use Chrome as your browser then deleting Flash cookies is a quick and simple task.

Firstly, click on the spanner icon in the top right hand corner of your browser. From the drop down menu highlight Tools and then click on Clear browsing data…

deleting Flash cookies

This leads to a new mini menu as you can see in the image above. Ensure that the highlighted line – Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data – is ticked and then click on Clear browsing data.

deleting Flash cookies

You have probably noticed that there is the ‘Obliterate the following items from:‘ drop down menu here. You can use this to choose from what point in time you wish to remove Flash cookies, as seen in the image above.

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. I would delete those cookies in any browser, LSO cookies are becoming more common.
    Many people believe just deleting your regular cookies takes care of the LSO’s also – guess what folks it doesnt. Those things remain there no matter how many time you click ‘delete cookies’.
    I found out even Firefox is using them also.

    • use Ccleaner buddy. your one stop solution to LSO’s.

      • I have been using ccleaner for a long time, while it does the job very well, there are smaller programs that take care of the problem without the major clean out ccleaner does.
        I use a Firefox addon called Better Privacy which seems to work very well.

      • As Dave mentions, cCleaner is one of many solutions that will aid against LSOs, though Better Privacy would be my preferred option too.

    • “Many people believe just deleting your regular cookies takes care of the LSO’s also – guess what folks it doesnt.”

      Thats a good point and one other readers would do well to remember Dave.


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