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[quote="SqLite Databasing in Browsers?"] Can anyone please shed some light on the sqlite databasing that seems to be happening whenever K-Meleon is used, if the machine also has Firefox installed? We are finding various files, on machines with recent versions of Mozilla/Firefox, that carry the sqlite extension, such as places.sqlite; and these files not only database every location visited but much of the contents of the files is NOT encrypted and can carry personally identifiable information. We were amazed to find files on one machine that had personal names and social security numbers because of visits to Turbo-tax, etc. !? Another amazing thing is that you don't even have to USE Firefox for these files to be amassed on your hard drive (unbeknownst to user): If you have Mozilla/Firefox on your machine, and you use K-Meleon, these files will be created and ongoing on your machine, sometimes amounting to many many megabytes of contents. Further, if you delete these files, Mozilla/Firefox appears to RECREATE them as soon as you reopen the browser. Even though we specify to the browser(s) to NOT save a History and to purge Cookies, etc., these files are being created (behind our back) and stored on our machines, and we have no idea who can access them. Can someone please research all this and report back whatever is learned about these sqlite files--and how we can GET RID OF THEM? Even using CCleaner's "include" feature to purge these sqlite files does not seem to work, because the browser(s) simply recreate the files WITH THE DELETED MATERIAL REPOPULATED BACK INTO THE FILES!!, as soon as you reopen the browser(s). This seems very shoddy, if not downright dishonest; and we would like to find out (1) who is responsible and (2) why there is not forthright information about this in the documentation for the browser(s) and (3) how to prevent this databasing in the first place and (4) how to get rid of the sqlite files already hiding out on our systems! Clearly this is a security issue and apparently one that few people even know about. Thanks in advance for any insights that anyone can provide.[/quote]
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