Blacklist specific websites from leaving cookies

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by AppleFan22, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    I've grow sick and tired of Facebook snooping through my cookies for its advertising purposes, and I want to be able to disable all cookies for Facebook, and prevent Facebook from accessing any cookies already on my computer. is there a way to do that, or do i just need to always us Private Browsing in Safari? As you might have guessed, Safari is my main browser, and I'd like a way to be able to do this in Safari...
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Even private browsing stores cookies, albeit only temporarily. It is not possible to block certain websites from setting cookies and some websites will even refuse to work when they detect that cookies are disabled or blocked. The only reliable solution is an application like Cookie 5 that periodically deletes unwanted cookies for you. In addition, you might want to have a look at some tracker blockers like Ghostery or Disconnect to prevent social plugins, such as Facebook, from being loaded in parallel to other websites.
  3. AppleFan22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    Okay, they sound better than nothing, where do I get them? Are they in the Safari Extensions Gallery?
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Both extensions, yes. Cookie is a paid OS X application, version 5 is for El Capitan and probably Sierra. I have been using the old version for many years now. I am not sure if there are any cheaper or free alternatives. The way new versions of Safari store cookies makes it really difficult to read and clear individual cookies (they are put into a single, encoded file), so the work that the developer but into reverse engineering makes the price absolutely worth it.

    Other browsers make this easier. For Chrome and Chromium there is an extension called Vanilla Cookie Manager that does the same thing as Cookie. This kind of functionality is impossible for Safari extensions.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    Cookie 5 is an app. I would suggest buying it directly from the developer at his website rather than the app store. When Apple makes OS or browser changes sometimes it will break the Cookie app. The dev. has been very fast to fix these issues and push out an update. If you have the version from his site, you can get the update right away versus having to wait sometimes a week or more for Apple to approve an update through the App Store.

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