Privatus 3.1

Privatus v3.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

it is quite a big update, and I recommend all users upgrade when possible. v3.1 fixes the threat of HSTS super cookies, just as the Cookie v3.5 upgrade did last week. Privatus has the same limitation as Cookie however, in that the computer must be restarted to finalise removal of HSTS for Safari…. all other browsers the removal is immediate, and no restart is required. Lets hope Apple fixes this vulnerability in Safari. :)

heres the list of changes for those that are interested:

  • HSTS super cookie removal in FireFox,Chrome,Chromium,Opera (Computer needs to be restarted for Safari HSTS removal…)
  • it is now optional to keep Privatus Worker running after Privatus has been quit (“Keep me protected at all times” has been added as an option in Preferences”)
  • added a user notice when opening MenuBar for the first time
  • fixed cache removal
  • fixed info button
  • updated copyright and credits
  • removed some debugging console messages
  • added a ratings button
  • upgrade button now opens link directly in Mac App Store
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Cookie v3.5 update and HSTS super cookies

Cookie v3.5 is available now, on my servers, and in the Mac App Store for updating.

This is quite an important security update, and I recommend everyone update as soon as possible.

here are the official changes:

  • fixed removal of HSTS supercookies and cache in Firefox,Chrome,Chromium,Opera (HSTS now cleared when cache is cleared) **Computer needs to be restarted for HSTS to be reset in Safari**
  • fixed Safari cache removal
  • Safari TopSites history now correctly removed
  • updated copyright

As most of us are know aware, HSTS support in browsers has been found to be an easy way of fingerprinting users, causing a potential privacy issue. you can read all about it here:

v3.5 of Cookie *completely eliminates these cookies in Chrome/Firefox/Chromium, and Opera. HSTS removal in Safari support on Yosemite, kinda works…. but with a hugely annoying method of finalising the removal…. you need to restart your browser…..

I have sent Apple a bug report, and surprisingly received a reply from them saying that they are looking into it!

so hopefully Apple will provide a way of deleting these without restarting your computer, just like every other modern browser.


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eMail Address Extractor v1.8

So quite a glaring bug was discovered in the way eMail Address Extractor processes Apple Mail elm files….
this has been fixed in v1.8, and I took the opportunity to make some other improvements:

  • fixed AppleMail parsing
  • directories can also now be parsed
  • updated copyright

Im actually most excited about the addition of now being able to parse entire directories! so rather than having t drop a collection of individual files into eAe, you can know just add the containing directory. This is much more practical.

eMail Adress Extractor v1.8 can be downloaded immediately from my servers:

v1.7.1 is on the Mac App Store, and the v1.8 update will land there after Apple has time to review it. This should be early next week.

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HSTS SuperCookies and Cookie, Privatus

so it seems a new privacy threat has been discovered, if you haven’t heard yet, you can read all about it here:

I have been working all week on this, and now have both Cookie and Privatus removing this new threat. I have removal working on FireFox,Chrome,Chromium and Opera. The obvious omission here is Safari….. while HSTS cookies are already removed in the current versions of Cookie and Privatus, Safari is somehow restoring the data from iCloud?

I haven’t figured out a way to tell Safari to finalise removal of the HSTS cookies, and the only reliable way is to restart your computer!….. obviously this is not an ideal solution, but it seems as though it is the only way right now… Ill keep looking into this and hopefully find a more agreeable solution. But in the meantime, for the benefit of all Cookie and Privatus users I have uploaded Cookie v3.5, and Privatus v3.1 to Apple for review. Hopefully the review process will be swift, and you’ll have the updates available before the week is out.

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Privatus 3.0

Ive decided to release Privatus 3.0 in the Mac App Store only for now:

Privatus 3.0 was virtually a complete rewrite from v2.0, and is now fully sandboxed. I have decided to give it away initially for an unspecified time to build up a user base, so If you don’t have any kind of cookie management in place just yet, I would give Privatus a look now while its free.

Because Privatus is now sandboxed, there are some limitations to what Privatus can do…. one of the major downsides to this is it now no longer has access to Safari’s cookie file. This means that Privatus 3.0 can merely remove all cookies and not be selective as to what is removed as in v2.0.

On the up side, I have added the ability to be selective about which browsers Privatus now manages. In v2.0 Privatus worked across all supported browsers simultaneously.

Please spread the word, and let the world know about Privatus, and let me know any ideas you have for any future updates.

Happy New Year!

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Meta retired

Ive finally decided to cease development of Meta…

It hasn’t really seen any active development for the past few years, as it has become increasingly irrelevant in I don’t even use it myself anymore, and haven’t for a long time. I think my time will be better spent focused more on my other apps.

thanks for all the support folks,
there are better alternatives out there…

Im not even sure it will really be missed.

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Cookie v3.4

Cookie v3.4 is available now in the Mac App Store, and on my own servers:

Here are the changes:

  • an Improved setup wizard
  • cleaned up license window (trial version only)
  • removed smart import
  • fixed “Edit Whitelist” button
  • various localised ui fixes

I would recommend that everyone updates when they get the chance.

Happy New Year!

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USBclean v1.0.4

I have updated USBclean to v1.0.4. Its a minor update but everyone should update.
The log now adds new entries to the top, rather than the bottom. this improves readability, and it should have probably been this way from the beginning. Thanks, James for the feedback.

you can get USBclean here:
USBclean in the Mac App Store

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Black Friday Sale

Hey guys, to celebrate the holiday in the U.S, I’ve got some great savings for you all:

Cookie is available for a limited time at only $2.99!
Cookie only $2.99 in the Mac App Store

Invisible is also available for only 99c!
Invisible only 99c in the Mac App Store

Happy Holidays

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USBclean v1.0.3 update

USBclean v1.0.3 is now available in the Mac App Store.

I recommend everyone updating to this version. Its not a critical release, but improves startup behaviour, and some issues when restarting your computer.

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