As an add-on for Apple's Web browser, Safari Cookies for Mac adds more features for managing and removing unwanted cookies, databases, and other programs. Since native features for managing cookies in most browsers often feel incomplete and may not perform all of the tasks needed, this add-on will be useful to most Mac users.
The application installed easily into the Safari browser. Safari Cookies for Mac add-on works in the background, but it does have an operation preferences menu. This contained several tabs for each of the application's functions. A cookies tab brings up a list of those found on the computer, which may be extensive depending on how often they are removed. Additional menus for flash cookies and databases have similar lists where users can designate which items to remove. The program can also delete all that are not associated with a bookmark or favorite page, which is a great feature for those with large numbers of cookies. Deleting standard cookies completed quickly, but the flash cookies and databases took much longer. As another helpful feature, the program's About menu contains a long text box, which explains the program and the different types of cookies and databases that may be on a computer.
The overall lack of easy-to-use native cookie managers on the App Store makes Safari Cookie for Mac a useful addition to most Mac users' systems.
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From SweetP Productions:
Safari Cookies is the only cookie manager built for Mac OS X 10.5+ to integrate directly into Safari, for minimum disruption to your browsing experience. Automatically manage your cookies - only keep cookies from sites which are in your BookMarks, TopSites, or History. Save favorite cookies to a whitelist. Automatically remove non favorite cookies when quitting Safari. Remove all Flash cookies. Remove all Google Analytics cookies. Export/Import favorite domains. Search cookies. Localized for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
It's free. It gets you started understanding and working with tracking cookies. You get your privacy back on the Internet, an innate human right. You don't HAVE to be under constant surveillance on the Internet. Once you're used to Safari Cookies, PLEASE graduate up to, and pay for, 'Cookie' by the same developer. THAT I love.
Clunkity clunk stuff. It has a learning curve. It's not a complete solution. Therefore, once you get the hang of Safari Cookies and want something seriously powerful, move up to 'Cookie', the pro version for $10
I wrote a scathing review, further down the list here, of Safari Cookies because it's had a very spotty history with lots of buggy bumps in the road. I want to revise that review and give this a couple more stars. The reason why is that I am now a JOYFUL user of the pro version of Safari Cookies, which is simply called 'Cookies'. The work that has been done on Cookies has been terrific (albeit not perfect) and I have come to rely on it to control the mean old tracking cookies that everyone and their pet tarantula dump onto your computer so they can make marketing moron money off you, as if you're their new pet human. Cookie removes ALL that crap. Safari Cookie is a stepping stone to the excellent Cookie.
The learning curve for Safari Cookies is a bit tough at first as you get used to how it works. But with experience it becomes second nature and you simply use it and rely on it. The biggest part of the learning curve comes right at the start where you have to sort out your cookies and decide whose you want to keep and whose you never want to see again. There's no help making those decisions. But after awhile you get the hang of it, comparing where you like to visit to what cookies have been dumped on your machine. And if you make a mistake, you can change your mind. It just takes time and experience.
The powerful step up from Safari Cookies is 'Cookie', costing $10 as shareware. It has a 14 day demo period, which is plenty of time to test it out and become addicted. The price is right. But sometimes you'll find it offered in bundles and discount offers. Just get it and enjoy.
There have been various other cookie management apps. I've been using them since 1995, would you believe. One of them has a yearly fee system for providing an updated tracking cookie blacklist. But that's baloney. You don't need a blacklist. Just get 'Cookie' and it figures out from the code in each cookie whether it is tracking you or not. It's that simple. You pay up, you have the finished product, hopefully forever.
Start with Safari Cookies, get used to it. Then go nuclear on your cookies with the Cookie upgrade. Having at one time hated Safari Cookies, I have to apologize to the developer and thank him for consistently bashing on this thing and improving it.
This is a very useful & necessary program, as Apple has neglected, for some odd reason, not to include any automatic cookie handling after years of developing Safari, despite the growing privacy menace.
Instructions virtually nonexistent; confusing. See my brief instructions below.
So here is the deal: This is an auto cookie remover. You can have it remove all cookies except those associated with sites from your Bookmarks, Topsites, etc. OR you can specify domains to save cookies for individually (my choice). But you may never figure out how by reading the meager info on the SC site. Once installed, SC shows up in Safari Prefs. For best security I set SC Prefs to "Accept cookies only from sites I visit"; check Auto manage; check "Remove all Google Analytics"; check "Treat all Extensions as Favorites". Now, visit all the sites you want to keep cookies for (Say, Netflix, Facebook). Then go to Cookies pane and check the domains you WANT TO KEEP. Got that? Okay, now do the same for Flash cookies & Databases. I personally don't want to save any of this nonsense, but if you do, check the ones YOU WANT TO KEEP. Now when you quit Safari, all cookies (including those nasty flash cookies) will be deleted, save the ones you checked.
I will just add: Before you start, you may want to click Safari > Reset Safari, to delete all cookies. Otherwise when you go to the list to decide what to save, you may have to wade through a huge sea of cookies. When you visit a site you want to keep and sign in, the new cookies will be set and you can then check them off in SC.
Is now unreliable, buggy, a PITA and their tech support don't care.
There have been moments when I have very much enjoyed this add-on for Safari. But lately and frequently Safari Cookies is an incredible PITA and a total let down. Here are some examples:
- I remove all my non-favorite cookies and close Preferences. I go back to Preferences and ALL the cookies I just deleted are THERE AGAIN! Over and over. I finally figured out how to out-think this bug and killed off the cookies anyway. What a PITA.
- This week's bug is multi-tasking: Safari Cookies has NO IDEA what version it is in its about box. It says "Current Version: 0.0.0 (dnl). Brilliant. It also shows that I have NO cookies when Indeed I do! It shows no Flash Cookies when indeed I do! It shows I have no databases when indeed I do!. So I used its uninstaller. Then I reinstalled it. Now it shows me my databases. Great. But no cookies and no Flash cookies and NO VERSION NUMBER.
I'm going to attempt to go backwards a few versions to see if I can restore what actually once worked. But versions 1.6.4 and 1.6.5 are, from my experience, GARBAGE. I should be championing the add-on as the best thing to happen to Safari tracking security! Instead I'm watching it degenerate into crapware. What a shame. And yes, I wrote their tech support. They don't care and never replied. Get the idea?
Very good on my Mac Pro with SL 10.6.5 & Safari 5.0.3 running in 64 Bits. Using SC since the beginning...
Doesn't work on my MacBook Pro (3,1) with SL 10.6.5 & Safari 5.0.3 running only in 32 Bits. No problem before with Safari 5.0.1 !!! Tried many solutions but nothing, all is blank (Version...). Waiting answer from the team.