Flash Update Adds In-app Privacy Controls

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Adobe released Flash Player 10.3 on Thursday, finally adding support for managing privacy settings via Web browser settings or through a new control panel tool. Previously, Flash settings could be managed only through a special Web page on Adobe’s Macromedia Web site.

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For now, Flash Player’s new in-browser settings are available in Firefox 4, but Adobe has plans to add the feature to Safari and Google Chrome in the future.

The update also offers a control panel tool for Mac OS X and Windows users that includes settings for managing Flash-based browser cookies, what Flash can store locally on your computer, and whether or not your computer’s microphone and camera are available. Version 10.2 can automatically check for updates weekly, too.

Flash Player 10.3 is free and available for download at the Adobe Web site.

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Lee Dronick

“For now, Flash Player?s new in-browser settings are available in Firefox 4, but Adobe has plans to add the feature to Safari and Google Chrome in the future.”

This version of Flash adds a preference pane to your System Preferences.

tammythemongoose

THat is what this paragraph in the macobserver note means: The update also offers a control panel tool for Mac OS X and Windows users that includes settings for managing Flash-based browser cookies, what Flash can store locally on your computer, and whether or not your computer?s microphone and camera are available. Version 10.2 can automatically check for updates weekly, too.

(control panel = preference pane).

There is a typo, however,  in the paragraph I quoted from the article -  it should say Version 10.3  automatically check for update not 10.2!

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Lee Dronick

After you instal it go to your System Preferences the Flash. Change some settings from the default. Close System Preferences then reopen. Chose Flash and you will see that some have reverted to the default. I don’t know if that happens when you reopen the Flash Preference Pane or not, but I don’t like the way it reverts.

tammythemongoose

my settings were saved. I had changed them to :
ask on storage
ask on camera
block all on peer assisted and left the default on check for updates.

Not sure what happened on yours. I just tried this on my 24” imac using latest snow leopard. Have not tried on my mac book (what you suggested).
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Lee Dronick

On my iMac I had it set to:

Block all sites from storing information on this computer
Block all sites from using the camera and microphone
Block all sites from peer-assisted networking

When I reopen the preferences they revert to the default. This does not happen on my MacBook Pro. The only difference that I can determine is that on my iMac I am running as Administrator, not so on my MacBook.

Lee Dronick

The plot thickens. On my iMac if I log into a Standard user account then the Flash preferences will stick, they will not stick in my Admin account. On the MacBook Pro the preferences stick no matter if I am logged in is either Standard or Administrator.

tammythemongoose

Sir Harry (where did you get that handle how interesting).

Ok, I ONLY log in s admin and don’t have a guest acct. On both imac 24” and macbook (both from mid 2008) the settings stick. I still kept the ask on storing information. I regularly delete tracking cookies and clear caches so I left it at ask. I moved to BLOCK on the camera like you did.

Time for you to email the real geeks now I think - the SHOW SPONSORS!!!! This could be a really good show topic I thinK!

Lee Dronick

Time for you to email the real geeks now I think - the SHOW SPONSORS!!!! This could be a really good show topic I thinK!

Yes, I think it is time to investigate deeper, maybe go to the blogs at Adobe.

I have found one thing. I had my user library window open and could see that my com.apple.systempreferences.plist changed when I reopened the Flash preference pane. This tells me that my Flash preferences stick unless I reopen the the preferences. Not to much of a problem, but I am curious.

Sir Harry (where did you get that handle how interesting).

He is kind of an alter ego, many things that I am not, some that I am. Anyway, he is a fictional character in a series of books that I enjoy. The greatest hero of Victorian England, but also its greatest secret coward. I am somewhat of a history and geography buff, Flashman travelled the World as British soldier and spy. He participated in some of the most famous incidents in the 19th Century, charged with the Light Brigade at Balaclava, only survivor Custer’s regiment at the Last Stand, conspired with Otto Von Bismarck, that sort of stuff. He is also a notorious womanizer and was lover to Lilly Langtry, Lola Montez, the Dowager Empress of China, and dozens more.

I usually change blog handles every so often, but I got all these stars by my name here at the MacObserver for participating.

AdamC

Yea great for surfing porn…

mhikl

Used your Blocking suggestions, Sir H. Not sure about Advanced so let it be.

I had turned off Click to Flash a while back for some reason and forgot about it. My computer has been heating up terribly and the fan seems on constantly even when I wasn’t using Flash, though it showed up in the AMonitor. I even pulled the power and battery to do a restart-reset hoping to fix the problem. Then I upgraded flash and the fan was still a problem so I reinstalled C2F. Now the fan comes on loudly only when running flash. Even with C2F, I have to close the page with flash activated to quiet the fan, which then is turned off by click.

When flash runs, Safari seems to run “hotter” using the CPU more, according to Activity Monitor. Together, Flash and Safari run at 100%, more or less. Without flash, Safari ranges between negligible to 60% but only at the high range for a few seconds when it then drops below 10. The fan don’t seem to come on much or may run very quietly for a moment and then turns off.

It must be that Flash by nature is an energy hog, Adobe has been working on it for so long without fixing this. I doubt it can be corrected, ever.

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