What does HackerNews think of Cookie-AutoDelete?

Firefox and Chrome WebExtension that deletes cookies and other browsing site data as soon as the tab closes, domain changes, browser restarts, or a combination of those events.

Language: TypeScript

#3 in Chrome
#7 in Firefox
Firefox with strict Enhanced Tracking Protection.

uBlock Origin with all available filter lists enabled (except the one for Mobile pages, if you're on dekstop).

https://github.com/OhMyGuus/I-Still-Dont-Care-About-Cookies to reject all tracking consent requests.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/multi-account... for subdomains you want to log into but still want to access the main and other domains without being connected. For instance, I have it set always open mail.google.com in the Work container so that I can log into Gmail but still search google.com, navigate google.com/maps (etc) outside the work account.

Then, install https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete and set it to delete all data from all domains expect the ones you want to stay logged into (Google for instance… but only inside the Work container mentioned above). Then, all websites data (including cookies) will be auto-deleted a few seconds after your close all tabs from that domain. You have to enable the auto-cleaning and support for containers.

You can tweak a few more things but that should be enough.

I also recommend the awesome https://gitlab.com/magnolia1234/bypass-paywalls-firefox-clea... add-on but only for users who support some media financially. It's fine to workaround paywalls (such a bad system) but good journalists still needs to be paid somehow.

Idem with https://github.com/ajayyy/SponsorBlock

As for mobile, I use the excellent https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.mozilla.fennec_fdroid/ on Android. You can have the above add-ons there too, but you need to use Collections for that (as explained here: https://www.androidpolice.com/install-add-on-extension-mozil...). But this won't be necessary soon https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2023/08/10/prepare-your-fire...

By the way, Firefox will soon get rid off all cookies banner without the need for "I still don't care about cookies" add-on: https://alternativeto.net/news/2023/6/firefox-115-beta-relea...

A nearly ideal way to do this on Firefox is to combine


(which is a maintained fork of the original I don't care about cookies extension, recently bought by Avast)

with https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

This setup will automatically accept or reject, whichever works, the cookie nonsense and get rid of them once you're done with your tab. CAD comes with a friendly interface to white/greylist cookies you want to keep.

One of the default blocklist for uBlock Origin aims to remove cookie banners too, but a lot of them cannot be simply nuked that way, hence the above method.

Excellent extension with one glaring flaw: IDCAC accepts cookies if there is no option to decline them. You don't see annoying popups anymore, but the cookies are still there tracking you. This can be combated by combining it combined with Cookie AutoDelete [0]. Cookie AutoDelete solves the problem by purging all cookies automatically (except your whitelist) when the tab is closed. They work great together

[0] https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

That's why I recommend [Cookie Autodelete](https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete) + [I don't care about cookies](https://www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/). It auto-accepts all cookie notices and then deletes them when I close the tab (or after a few seconds/minutes), with the option to add exceptions to sites where you actually need cookies.
Here's an extension that just removes the cookie popover and shows the page underneath: https://www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/

Here's an extension that auto deletes cookies: https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

> clearing your cache and cookies every day

A good extension for the cookie part is https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete - it deletes all cookies from a site after you close the tab.

I think you mean something like Do-not-track header [0] , which is not respected at 99% of the web and enabling it makes you even more traceable.

My solution is using Cookie auto delete [1] which deletes cookies after a set time and I don't care about cookies [2] which removes the annoying banners and popups.

[0] https://www.eff.org/issues/do-not-track

[1] https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

[2] https://www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/

"Cookie AutoDelete"[1] extension might be what you want. It flushes cookies after you close all tabs for a site. There's an allowlist of sites for which to retain cookies.

It's nice when paired with the "I don't care about cookies"[2] extension which auto-accepts cookie requests and makes sure you never see any cookie permission dialogs.

1: https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

2: https://www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/

Check out "Cookie AutoDelete" for cookie management. It automatically deletes all cookies (not whitelisted) when you close a website. I've used it for a while and it is pretty nice.


The list of addons I consider essential for privacy just keeps growing. Here is another great addition: https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

Does what it says on the tin.

For people that are fine with a manual whitelist there's also Cookie Autodelete: https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete. It removes all cookies when you navigate away from a website after a (customizeable) grace period. Usually this works fine, you just need to be careful when you tell it to erase cookies when the domain changes (rather than when the tab closes), some 2-step sign in procedures need the cookies from the original webpage to work.
I've always found this extension pretty useful against 'cookie-walls': https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete. Also, general cookie hygiene.
I agree with all you say, except for one thing.

When I installed the fantastic Cookie Autodelete extension [links below], I had it with the option for allowing notifications on deletion, and I realised that all my live bookmarks were setting cookies.

No big deal, but thought you'd like to know.

[1] https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

[2] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-autode...

[3] https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cookie-autodelete/...

Firefox's first-party isolation (brought across from Tor Browser) will foil cross-site tracking. Combined with Privacy Badger and Cookie Autodelete, your browser won't make the requests and even if they did, they wouldn't have any cookies attached.

https://github.com/mozfreddyb/webext-firstpartyisolation https://www.eff.org/privacybadger https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

Self-Destructing Cookies is not a WebExtension, you want Cookie AutoDelete.


Cookie Autodelete: https://github.com/Cookie-AutoDelete/Cookie-AutoDelete

Goes along nicely with something like Privacy Badger, and removes non-whitelisted cookies once a site's tabs are closed.

Use with I Don't Care About Cookies: https://www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/ to avoid all the EU cookie banners.