Cookie management in Firefox is too much of an all or nothing thing: either block everything or block nothing or be annoyed by constant cookie popups:
Here are a few simple improvements Firefox could make to vastly improve user experience while maintaining privacy:
- Provide a simple menu option or toolbar button to enable/disable cookies. i.e. turn cookies on or off by time rather than site. Normally one would surf with cookies off, and only turn cookies on when you hit a site that required them.
- When cookies are turned off, even stored cookies should not be sent.
- The per-site cookie preferences should have a filter box like Thunderbird’s. i.e. type in a piece of a domain name like “shopping” and all the domains that don’t contain “shopping” would vanish. Currently it’s quite hard to find the specific site whose cookies you want to unblock.
Will Firefox 2 (alpha due this Friday) improve this? Probably not. There are open RFEs for both of these (245159 24510) and no apparent recent progress. There are quite a few other worthy RFEs in Bugzilla for improvements in cookie handling.
In the meantime the Permit Cookies plugin might help out.