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MacBytes
Jan 19, 2007, 08:28 PM
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Link: MacScan 2.3 Anti-Spyware for Mac OS X just released (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20070119212840)
Description:: Version 2.3 adds a blacklisted cookie scanner. This feature maintains a list of known tracking cookies, and when run, removes them from web browsers in which they are found.

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mkrishnan
Jan 19, 2007, 08:32 PM
Is this for real? Yeah, there are tracking cookies....but are they really worth bothering with? Not to mention that most of them get haterblocked by Adblock anyway?

EDIT: It found two tracking cookies and nothing else. What a waste of time... :rolleyes:™

Zwhaler
Jan 19, 2007, 09:48 PM
I'm doing a scan now. I am up to 6 tracking cookies. WOW. I really want to spend money so I can get a 0% increase in performance. :rolleyes:

synth3tik
Jan 19, 2007, 10:46 PM
Well I just did a quick scan and found 64 trackers, Now I guess that means that
A: My system is not as clean as others

or

B: My internet usage differs quite a bit from others

At oonly $25 it's not a bad investment, considering what else we blow our money on :D

mkrishnan
Jan 20, 2007, 07:18 AM
Well I just did a quick scan and found 64 trackers

Two observations:

1) They're cookies. If you want rid of them, use the Reset Safari or Clear Private Data options. One second, bam, they're gone.

2) I do have AdBlock, which filters out a lot of things that would try to leave cookies in the first place....

3) Meh, okay, I'm trying it on my iMac too. :D For what it's worth, my iMac had FOUR tracking cookies. Gods! :)

iW00t
Jan 20, 2007, 07:22 AM
Spyware on macs are mere cookies?

Wow it is great to be a Mac user :rolleyes:

mkrishnan
Jan 20, 2007, 07:30 AM
True that... one more thing for anyone who's paranoid... again, the cookies are basically harmless. But if you want, you can use the output of MacScan to make your browser block those cookies. This is how:

In Firefox:
Click Firefox Menu -> Preferences
Go to the Privacy pane
Click Exceptions under cookies
Type the name as it appears in MacScan into the box and click the block button.

In Safari, it's probably most expedient to just go to:
Safari Menu -> Preferences
Go to the Security Tab
Select the option to only allow cookies from the Sites You Navigate To.

phillipjfry
Jan 22, 2007, 11:04 AM
So is this software really worth it? I mean keyloggers, trojans, spyware; are these things really a big enough issue to mac users (I'll be one of those users on thursday!)? When I get my iMac, will I really need to be worried about these things?

mkrishnan
Jan 22, 2007, 11:24 AM
So is this software really worth it? I mean keyloggers, trojans, spyware; are these things really a big enough issue to mac users (I'll be one of those users on thursday!)? When I get my iMac, will I really need to be worried about these things?

Sorry...there was so much sarcasm in this thread that this point probably isn't obvious to someone who hasn't been on a Mac for some time.

NO.

The answer is no. They're not worth worrying about. The software found no spyware -- just tracking cookies. Which are really fairly innocuous. Even adblocking of those pop up ads is not necessary on a Mac because they can infect the computer with spyware -- only because they're irritating. The only concern regarding viruses at this point is if you get files from Windows users and pass them back to other Windows users (you pass them along pre-infected). But even then, as long as they have antivirus, you should be fine.

Welcome to Mac. Don't worryaboudit! :)