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new adobe flash won't let me watch video without allowing tracking what do i do?

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Anyone have any fixes for abode flash player invading viewing on many streaming video sites? It seems the latest version won't allowing viewing on most sites without allowing them to track me. I realize it may be the site doing this but it didn't start happening until I downloaded the most recent adobe version this morning.

Thanks.

Anyone have any fixes for abode flash player invading viewing on many streaming video sites? It seems the latest version won't allowing viewing on most sites without allowing them to track me. I realize it may be the site doing this but it didn't start happening until I downloaded the most recent adobe version this morning. Thanks.

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Well, local storage can be used for good purposes and bad purposes. You could use the earlier link to clear it out from time to time to minimize advertising networks following you around. There also is a Firefox add-on to manage Flash LSOs. I haven't tried it myself.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/

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jscher2000
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What do you mean by "allowing tracking" -- is the problem that you can't disable local storage objects (LSOs, also sometimes called supercookies)??

By the way, you probably should remove the extension "Updated Ad Blocker for Firefox 11+" because Adblock Plus is now much more up-to-date and having them both do overlapping things will make blocked content problems much harder to sort out.

You can manage extension on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Command+Shift+a
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions.

What do you mean by "allowing tracking" -- is the problem that you can't disable local storage objects (LSOs, also sometimes called supercookies)?? By the way, you probably should remove the extension "Updated Ad Blocker for Firefox 11+" because Adblock Plus is now much more up-to-date and having them both do overlapping things will make blocked content problems much harder to sort out. You can manage extension on the Add-ons page. Either: * Command+Shift+a * "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons In the left column, click Extensions.

Question owner

I am not literate enough to understand the LSO question sorry.

The problem is when I have a viewing window on a streaming video site, let's say vodlocker, usually I can just watch the video. Now after the new adobe update this morning a small window comes up that says I need to either allow or deny being tracked. If I choose deny I cannot watch the video without that consent window being in the middle of the viewing window. I uninstalled adobe flash in hopes of being able to reinstall the older version I had but I don't seem to be able to find it on the internet.

I removed the ad blocker as you suggested.

I am not literate enough to understand the LSO question sorry. The problem is when I have a viewing window on a streaming video site, let's say vodlocker, usually I can just watch the video. Now after the new adobe update this morning a small window comes up that says I need to either allow or deny being tracked. If I choose deny I cannot watch the video without that consent window being in the middle of the viewing window. I uninstalled adobe flash in hopes of being able to reinstall the older version I had but I don't seem to be able to find it on the internet. I removed the ad blocker as you suggested.
jscher2000
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I've never seen that dialog before.

Flash storage is a feature that allows sites to keep useful data such as game settings, and also to track you between sessions and even between browsers. The chunks of data being stored are called LSOs (local storage objects).

To see what sites are using Flash storage, and to clear it if you like, you can use this page, which has a special Flash application that reads the data from your system:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

Note: Macromedia was the original developer of Flash before it was acquired by Adobe, so that site is legit.

I've never seen that dialog before. Flash storage is a feature that allows sites to keep useful data such as game settings, and also to track you between sessions and even between browsers. The chunks of data being stored are called LSOs (local storage objects). To see what sites are using Flash storage, and to clear it if you like, you can use this page, which has a special Flash application that reads the data from your system: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html Note: Macromedia was the original developer of Flash before it was acquired by Adobe, so that site is legit.

Question owner

Thanks.

Couple more questions and I apologize for being dense. Does anyone else make a Flash player? On the streaming sites I have used there is always a dialogue window over the viewing window that asks the viewer to install Java flash. It that the same thing as Adobe flash? I never installed it because I was told by some people that sites try to get you to install things in order to be able to track you. I was able to watch video without installing so I never did.

Also I opened my Safari (which I don't care for that's why I use Firefox) and went to one of my streaming sites and I didn't have the same issue. When I selected a video to watch no dialogue box came up asking permission track me and the video played fine. I'm only guessing that perhaps it's because the video was playing on quicktime. There seems to be some link between the new Adobe version that got installed today and the issue of these sites obstructing my viewing.

I really love your browser and don't want to have to switch to anyone else but no matter which streaming site I was on I was not allowed to watch video without allowing tracking by the host site or a third party.

I will go to your macromedia link and see if that helps.

Thanks. Couple more questions and I apologize for being dense. Does anyone else make a Flash player? On the streaming sites I have used there is always a dialogue window over the viewing window that asks the viewer to install Java flash. It that the same thing as Adobe flash? I never installed it because I was told by some people that sites try to get you to install things in order to be able to track you. I was able to watch video without installing so I never did. Also I opened my Safari (which I don't care for that's why I use Firefox) and went to one of my streaming sites and I didn't have the same issue. When I selected a video to watch no dialogue box came up asking permission track me and the video played fine. I'm only guessing that perhaps it's because the video was playing on quicktime. There seems to be some link between the new Adobe version that got installed today and the issue of these sites obstructing my viewing. I really love your browser and don't want to have to switch to anyone else but no matter which streaming site I was on I was not allowed to watch video without allowing tracking by the host site or a third party. I will go to your macromedia link and see if that helps.
FredMcD
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Try this, totally uninstall Adobe flash. Then reinstall it.

Grab the uninstaller from here: Uninstall Flash Player | Windows Uninstall Flash Player | Mac Then reinstall the latest version.

Flash Player v15.0.0.189 http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/


I have not tried this, but take a look at it; Video WithOut Flash {web link} Watch videos without flash

Try this, totally uninstall Adobe flash. Then reinstall it. Grab the uninstaller from here: '''[http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html Uninstall Flash Player | Windows]''' '''[http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html Uninstall Flash Player | Mac]''' Then reinstall the latest version. Flash Player '''v15.0.0.189 http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/''' ---------------------- I have not tried this, but take a look at it; '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-without-flash/ Video WithOut Flash]''' {web link} Watch videos without flash

Question owner

Reinstalling didn't help.

I uploaded a pic of what the screen looks like. This happens no matter what streaming site I use.

https://support.cdn.mozilla.net/media/uploads/images/2014-11-11-15-15-24-d3de08.png

Hope I did this right.

Reinstalling didn't help. I uploaded a pic of what the screen looks like. This happens no matter what streaming site I use. https://support.cdn.mozilla.net/media/uploads/images/2014-11-11-15-15-24-d3de08.png Hope I did this right.
jscher2000
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Okay, it is Local Storage. There is a checkbox you can adjust to let sites use Flash storage without asking you every time. That is on this page:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html

Okay, it is Local Storage. There is a checkbox you can adjust to let sites use Flash storage without asking you every time. That is on this page: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html

Question owner

Thank you jscher2000.

And there is no harm in this right?

Thank you jscher2000. And there is no harm in this right?
jscher2000
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Well, local storage can be used for good purposes and bad purposes. You could use the earlier link to clear it out from time to time to minimize advertising networks following you around. There also is a Firefox add-on to manage Flash LSOs. I haven't tried it myself.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/

Well, local storage can be used for good purposes and bad purposes. You could use the earlier link to clear it out from time to time to minimize advertising networks following you around. There also is a Firefox add-on to manage Flash LSOs. I haven't tried it myself. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/

Question owner

You rock.

Many thanks.

You rock. Many thanks.