"Revised Review: A stepping stone to excellent 'Cookie'"
Version: Safari Cookies 1.9.5
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.
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