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Disable or enable cookies in your browser

In this article, we explain how to enable and disable cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Cookies overview 

What are cookies

Cookies are small files stored by websites on your computer. They make your online experience easier by saving browsing information.

Sites use cookies to:

  • keep you signed in
  • remember your site preferences
  • give you locally relevant content

Advertisers use tracking cookies to follow you around the web, recording your interests and habits.

Turn cookies off when necessary

You can disable cookies in any web browser. You can turn them off from the settings area of the browser you are using – it does not depend on the type of computer.

If you use more than one type of browser, then you need to check cookies on each of them.

Type of cookies

There are several types of cookies. Here below there is a few list of them:

  • First-party cookies are created by the site you visit.
  • Third-party cookies are created by other sites. These sites own some of the content, like ads or images, that you see on the webpage you visit
  • Session cookies are used only when a person is actively navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears.
  • Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site.
  • Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name.

To know more about cookies, read this the Wikipedia page “HTTP cookie”.

How to disable or enable your cookies

Google Chrome

 

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the three little dots in the top-right corner.
    Button called "Customize and control Google Chrome". This button appears as a column of three little dots
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Under Privacy and security, click on Site settings.
  4. Click on Cookies and other site data.
  5. From here, you can:
    • Allow all cookies
    • Block third-party cookies in Incognito (click on the arrow to read the description)
    • Block third-party cookies (click on the arrow to read the description)
    • Block all cookies (not recommended)
    • Clear cookies and site data when you close all windows

If you block third-party cookies, all cookies and site data from other sites are blocked, even if the site is allowed on your exceptions list.

If you need to clear your cookies, follow the article "Clear, enable, and manage cookies in Chrome".

 

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots in the top-right corner
    "Settings and more" button represented by three dots alligned
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. In the next menu, click on Cookies and site permissions
  4. On the top, click on Manage and delete cookies and site data
  5. From here, you can:
    • Enable / disable cookies, by flipping on / off the switch next to Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended).
    • Block third-party cookies
    • Enable / disable the function Preload pages for faster browsing and searching by flipping on / off the switch

 

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox. Click on the three lines at the top-right of your screen.
    "Open application menu" button. The icon used represent a column of three thin lines
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Privacy and security
  4. Go to the “Browser Privacy” window and go then to the “Enhanced Tracking Protection” section
  5. Select Custom
    • From here, you can:
    • Allow all types of cookies, including those previously excluded (the cross-site tracking cookies). To do that, check the box next to “Cookies
    • Block all or part of the cookies, by unchecking the box next to “Cookies”. You can use the drop-down menu that will appear on the right to select the option that best suits your needs.

To know more about how to clear cookies in Firefox, please read the article “Clear cookies and site data in Firefox”.

 

Safari

  1. Open Safari and click on Preferences
    Preferences button within Safari' settings menu
  2. Click on Privacy
  3. Now you can: 
    • Prevent cross-site tracking: check the box to prevent trackers from using cookies and website data to track you. Cookies and website data are deleted unless you visit and interact with the trackers’ websites.
    • Hide IP address from trackers: check the box to protect your IP address from websites that want to determine personal information (like your location).
    • Check the box near Block all cookies: check the box to always block cookies. Websites, third parties and advertisers cannot store cookies and other data on your Mac. This may prevent some websites from working properly.
    • Uncheck the box near Block all cookies: doing this you always allow cookies. Websites, third parties and advertisers can store cookies and other data on your Mac.
    • Click on Manage Website Data: this shows you which websites store cookies or data.
      Using this function, you can remove stored cookies and data. To do that, select one or more websites, then click Remove or Remove All.
      Removing the data may reduce tracking, but may also log you out of websites or change website behavior.

Source: Manage cookies and website data in Safari on Mac

 

iOS

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad
    iOS settings menu. In this example we are using an iPhone
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Safari item
  3. Flip off or on the switch near Block All Cookies to disable or enable cookies on iOS

 

Android 

  1. Launch the browser (for example Chrome or Firefox)
  2. Tap on the little dots in the top-right corner
    Setting menu on Firefox for Android. The icon used shows a column of three back dots
  3. Tap on Settings. Scroll down until you see Site permissions
  4. On the next screen, tap on Cross-site cookies. 
  5. Click on “Ask to allow (Recommended)” or Blocked 

 

Related content

How to set up and manage Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Manage cookies and website data in Safari on Mac (external)

Clear, enable, and manage cookies in Chrome" (external)

 

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