Deleting cookies with AppleScript

A couple years ago I wrote about a method for deleting cookies from Safari on macOS by employing AppleScript. Now I have a new script that works on OS X 10.14 Mojave. There are ways of surgically removing cookies, but honestly most sites leave so many cookies on my machine that I have no idea what any of them do and to what extent they use them to track me.

Using AdBlock Plus to block YouTube comments

YouTube comments are some of the most offensive on the web. Even serious videos attract trolls bent on inscribing their offensiveness and cruelness on the web. Here’s one method of dealing with YouTube comments. Treat the comments block as an advertisement and block it.1 1. Download AdBlock Plus Download the AdBlock Plus extension for the browser you use and install it. 2. Create a custom ad filter In this step you will create a filter that treats the entire comments section of a YouTube page as an advertisement.

Privacy vs. security: Just this once.

In the showdown between Apple and the FBI over an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers, some would argue that the company should acquiesce to the government’s request that it create a “backdoor” into the device allowing it to bypass the built-in strong encryption. Here’s what people who make this argument are missing: the law doesn’t work that way. The government filed a motion in the U.S. District Court asking the court to direct assist law enforcement in bypassing the security features of the device.