MAXA Cookie Manager Review and License Key Giveaway

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This review is done and written by Corker, one of our Forum Members. Thanks to him for the review.

Greetings, Avinashtech Readers! Today we have another giveaway for you. 10 licenses for MAXA Cookie Manager are on the table for ten lucky people to bring them home. But let’s not rush in, shall we? Spare your moment to read the following notes before joining the raffle.

Unless we are browsing the Internet in stealth, Incognito or Private Browsing session (or whatever the name is), every websites we pay a visit shall place cookies onto our computer and retains them. Web cookies are relatively small amount of textual data stored on our computer by our web browser. Site administrators benefit from cookies mainly as to statistic purposes while toward users, cookies play role as saving preferences, shopping cart contents, or login session information. Simply put, cookies create mutually symbiotic interaction between both website owners and visitors.

But that is the case with traditional HTTP cookies. As the world wide web moves forward, so does cookies. Advanced cookies like Flash cookie and DOM storage now come up with the capability of storing large volume of information and long expiry time which may bring harm to user’s privacy and security. The potential threats from cookies grow from browsing activity tracking as well as detailed user profile creating to confidential data leak. With the number of cookies may reach up to thousands, the demand for cookie management software rises.

MAXA Cookie Manager, an application developed by MAXA Research Int’l Inc., allows us to prevent harm which might be caused by cookies. Type of cookies handled by MAXA Cookie Manager:

  • HTTP cookies
  • Special browser dependent cookies (IE-User Data DOM and Firefox DOM Storage)
  • Browser independent cookies (Flash and Silverlight cookies)
  • Special Products dependent cookies (Skype cookies)
  • Plus Evercookies and Web bugs.

By the first time we install MAXA Cookie Manager, a semi-automatic wizard will show up and guide us through the correct configuration. MAXA Cookie Manager supports most major browsers including (but not limited to) Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple Safari. I say not limited because users are given with freedom to integrate a particular browser manually by taking advantage from path made for portable browsers. As long as you know where the required Cookies file of the corresponding browser is stored on your computer, then you can turn MAXA Cookie Manager to work on your favor with other Mozilla-based and Chromium-based browsers.

This is MAXA Cookie Manager main interface.

As you can see for yourself, it is filled up by many buttons and counters. Do not fret though because they are easy to understand. The counters at the top show the number of cookies that have been recorded as from MAXA Cookie Manager initial run to current. The list at the center gives us some details about cookies which are currently being active on our computer, involving where a cookie was generated from, its size, its duration time, and what browser has generated it. This is great since most browsers do not provide clear details about cookies natively. And if they do, likely it is quite difficult to understand.

At the lower part are buttons by which we are able to perform cookie management. To manage cookies starts with evaluating them. The picture below describes how MAXA Cookie Manager analyzes cookies based on the level of possible harm.

The red-colored are cookies categorized as Web bugs (tracking cookies), the yellow ones are cookies with long expiry time including non-expiring Flash cookies, and the green are HTTP cookies which are usually safe. We are encouraged to delete and blacklist the red marks per cookie basis so it will not place other cookies onto our computer in the future, or even completely block per domain if we do not recognize the domain name at all. On the contrary, cookies from any trusted sites should be whitelisted. The whitelisted cookies will be shown in white color in evaluation. Furthermore, all list, including the black/whitelist, can be exported and imported into HTML files so we can restore them in case reinstalling Windows.

In addition to delete cookies, MAXA Cookie Manager can also clean browser history and cache. While they are not as risky as cookies, history and cache may provide the room for Evercookies (a breed of cookie which is hard to expel) to persist.

Two additional features named Online Privacy Test and Cookie diagnostics are also at our disposal. Online Privacy Test reveals what kind of data around us a cookie is able to generate while Cookie diagnostics consults MAXA Research database for suspicion of a certain cookie. Both need online connection to MAXA server beforehand.

That said, there is something I find weighing with MAXA Cookie Manager. The program suffers from typos! At first, I came upon one typo on the official sites. As the developer is actually a German company, I thought it was pretty normal for the extent. But then I discovered three other typos inside the interface. The last one I spot on is even a rather major one. They erroneously typed Chrome with Safari in cache cleaning progress. Even though English is not my mother tongue myself but still it feels ridiculous to me. I hope they will fix this as soon as possible on the upcoming database release.

Conclusion

MAXA Cookie Manager is useful tool for everyone and worth to have even if you are not that type of person who pays much concern about your privacy. All you need to do is to set it to start with Windows, drop a few trusted sites into whitelist, and delete all Cookies outside whitelist automatically. And that’s it!

MAXA Cookie Manager is presented in two flavors, Standard and Pro. Differences between the two are access for advanced cookie management like black/whitelisting and deletion of special cookies in Pro edition. You can download MAXA Cookie Manager Standard freely while MAXA Cookie Manager Pro demands you to buy a license in advance.

Giveaway

Thanks to MAXA Research Int’l Inc., we are giving away 10 license keys for MAXA Cookie Manager Pro for readers of Avinashtech. Just follow the simple rules below to enter in this draw..

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  3. Leave a comment below telling us why you need it. (Avoid using twitter, Facebook login to comment as I wont be able to get your email address to send you a email in case you win).
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A Mechanical Design Engineer by profession, but passionate about Computers, software and anything that helps to learn something new or different. Love to do things which i don't know and dive into unknown territories.

Discussion53 Comments

  1. Very good review. MAXA ,seems to me as an interesting and a very good program to control cookies. It will help me to protect my privacy while I surf to Internet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Finally an app that not only manages cookies but sheds light on them.  Definitely would like a license for this one. 

    Been using BleachBit to remove persistent cookies.

  3. Thanks Avinash and MAXA Research International Inc. for the giveaway.MAXA Cookie Manager will be useful in getting rid of pesky cookies that are not so obvious to find.Also it will nice to get a secondary opinion from MAXA C.M. in case of some hidden privacy-invading cookie.

  4. Thanks for the great well explained review Corker as I learned quite a bit about cookies. Please don’t include me in this giveaway.

  5. I read your article and now want the program. Great review. Count me in. Thanks for the giveaway. 

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  6. Thanks for the great review Av,

    This sounds like a promising program that might enable me to get rid of two or three addons that I currently run in firefox.

    Please count me in for this giveaway

    Thank you

  7. I’m very security & privacy conscious and I always keep my firewall and ad/tracker/flash/script blocking under strict supervision, but until now I didn’t use a cookie manager. I think this would integrate well into my current setup. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. I live on a disability income and I cannot afford for anything to happen my laptop so I would appreciate being considered for this giveaway

  9. MAXA Cookie Manager is a very useful tool,
    to easily gain control of cookies, which is cool.

    I like the small size of this application,
    which doesn’t need much education.

    You have only to decide whether cookies are bad or good,
    that’s the only thing you should.

    For this it shows your cookies in a human readable table,
    its analyzing feature makes it for everyone decidable.

    White- and blacklist feature is essential & would help me enormously,
    cause i’m doing this job at this moment manually.

    With pro version special-browser &  browser-independent cookies can also be treated,
    and especially these sorts of cookies can be deleted.

    So it’s possible to get rid of all of them,
    cause MAXA Cookie Manager Pro is a gem.

    It helps to get your privacy protected,
    cause no unwanted data is no more collected.

    Finally MAXA is the one and only solution,
    to get one step closer to your cookie privacy evolution.

    If I would win, it would be great,
    and a very nice day to celebrate.

    Thanks Avinash Kumar and MAXA Research Int’l Inc. for this giveaway
    and Corker for review.

  10. Thanks  Corker was a nice review & insight into this software. If it was not ur review, I wouldn’t have participated in this giveaway.

    Thanks Avi & Please count me in.

    Thanks,
    Grr

  11. Thanx for review and giveaway.
    Count me in. Why? It`s simple… I don`t have any and after Your review it`s seems to be easer use the net with this. Regards

  12. poupéedetradition

    Hello!
    Thanks for this giveaways, Avinash!
    As MAXA Cookie Manager can
    detect evercookies, it is a very good one.
    Count me in, please.

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