A cookie is a small file which a website puts on your computer to store information. The entire process is harmless and can also be beneficial as cookies do useful things like saving you from the hassle of logging into a website every time you open and close your browser, storing details about your shopping cart between sessions and some other beneficial time savers. Many who offer a bad name to cookies actually track users without their knowledge, and help advertisers and many other organizations create user profiles. Many people try to restrict the amount of information gathered about them by restricting the type of cookies their browser accepts and maintains.
Cookies are considered a vital browser function and if you uninstall cookies, you will in fact find yourself unable to log into websites. Cookies are small pieces of information which are stored on your computer by websites. These consist of just pieces of text, and nothing else. The text can be a session ID, user ID, etc. Web pages for example can be configurable – a web page can have a Hide connection that can cover a specific element on the website. This setting can be stored with a cookie via the page on your machine. In the future when the page is loaded it will be able to analyze the cookie and mask the feature automatically. You will be logged out of all websites after you clear your cookies and those websites will not know any settings that you have updated on them. Cookies are therefore very common and even now, you probably have hundreds or even thousands of cookies stored in your browser. You store and manage cookies from your web browser. First you will find a list of websites which store cookies and then you will be able to view the cookies themselves in the settings of your browser, despite the fact that it is not usually interesting to look at the content of the cookies. If you use your computer with several web browsers, you will find that each browser has its own collection of cookies. You can handle browser cookies from your Settings window. The cookies are also deleted by the Clear Private Data tool on each browser.
How to Remove (or) Delete Cookies
Given that not all cookies are used for innocuous purposes, you should note. Cookies are also used for monitoring the activity online. Ad servers send cookies along with advertisements to identify viewers and monitor all of their activities online. This information is critical for us as viewers to create profiles that can be used to drive relevant ad content into us, whether we really like it or not. Some of these tracking cookies might also tie your online activities to your identity in the real world. Cookie management is only part of a series of clear steps that you should take to protect all your knowledge and privacy. When you don’t want to see your online activities from other users of your machine, you can easily clear the history of visited websites that each browser monitors. The measures that will help uninstall cookies in a few popular web browsers are explained below.
Cookies simple in popular Web browsers
• From the drop-down menu, press the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) and pick “Settings”
• A new tab shows the Settings Pad. Tap “Display Advanced Settings” to the bottom of the list.
• In the Privacy section click on “Data Settings.”
• The dialog box shows User Settings. Click in the section Cookies on “All cookies and data on the site.”
• The Cookies and Web Data dialog box shows how many cookies you saved on your machine for each web that stored cookies. Every website has buttons reflecting each of the site’s cookies. Click one of the buttons to remove a single cookie from a document, and then press “Delete.”
• Delete all cookies from that website to right-click the “X” button.
• Press “Delete Everything” to clear everything cookies for all of the websites in the catalog.
• When deleting cookies has been done, click the “Completed” button on the Cookies and Site Data dialog box and again on the Settings dialog box for the material.
• When you know you want all cookies and website data to be removed, and not individually, there is a fast way to do this. Under Privacy, click on “Clear browsing info” in the Settings tab.
• Ensure that the “Cookies and other site and plugin data” box is verified on the Clear browsing data dialog screen. You can also specify a time frame for which cookies are to be deleted from the drop-down list at the top of the dialog box. You can choose from the last day, the last week, the past hour, the last 4 weeks, or the start of time. When you are ready to delete all of your cookies, click “Simple browsing info.”
• Click on “Options” to open the central Firefox menu (three horizontal bars).
• On a new tab, the Options open. Click Privacy in the item list on the left hand side of the tab.
• There are two ways to test cookies stored on your computer, depending on which choice is selected in the dropdown list of Firefox. If “Remember History” is selected, click the “Eliminate individual cookies” button.
• Right-click on the “View Cookies” button if you pick “Using Custom History Settings” from the drop-down list.
• The dialog box for cookies shows a list of all websites that have placed cookies on your computer. To view a list of the individual cookies installed by that user, click on the arrow next to an user name. Pick the cookie in the list and press “Delete Selected” to remove only one cookie.
• Select the Website folder and press “Delete Enabled” to remove all cookies for a particular website. • To delete all cookies for all websites in the list, click “Remove All”
• Press Close to close the Cookies dialog box after you have finished handling your cookies.
• Returned to the Options page. Much as in Chrome, all cookies are also removed more easily. Ensure that the privacy screen is active on the Options page, and click on the History button under “Clear Your Recent History.” That choice is only available for the “Remember History” choice, not when “Using Custom History Settings” is selected to drop down in the Firefox list.
• If you choose the “Never Recall History” option in the Firefox dropdown list, the link “Clear All Current History” will be open. The choice Never Recall History causes Firefox to reboot to private browsing mode.
• The Clear All History dialog box opens by either pressing “Clear all existing history” or “Clear Your recent past.” Here you can pick to clear a Time set.
• Check the Cookies tab, and then press “Open Now.”
• In the upper right corner of the browser window, press the gear button and select “Web Options” from the drop-down menu.
• The dialog box shows Internet Options. Click “Config” in the Browsing history section to access and delete individual cookies.
• The Data Preferences dialog box for the Website displays. Ensure that the Internet Temporary files tab is active, and click “View files.”
• Windows Explorer opens the INetCache folder to view content. The files are shown as tiles by default but you will need to show the file information to see the file types. Click the down arrow on the “More Options” button above the file list to show the specifics for the files.
• Under the pop-up menu, select “Information.”
• Scroll down until you enter cookie-labeled files. In Name and Internet Address, they should have “cookie.” You can pick and uninstall one or more cookie files by either pressing the Delete key or right-clicking on them and choosing “Delete.” Keep down the Shift key when pressing Delete to permanently delete the cookie files you picked.
• The box shows a confirmation dialog. Click “Yes” if the selected cookie(s) are really to be removed.
• You can close the File Explorer window after removing individual cookies by pressing the “Open” button in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
• Close the Data Settings dialog box first, by pressing either “OK” or “Cancel” to delete all your cookies.
• Brings you back to the Options dialog box for the Internet. In the Browsing history section , click “Delete.”
• Check the “Cookies and Website Information” section in the Delete Browsing History dialog box to remove all the cookies and website info. Select any other choices you want, and press “Delete” to delete the things you have picked.
• You are returned to the dialog box on Internet Choices. Click the “OK” button to close.
• A pop-up message will appear at the bottom of the IE window telling you that the browsing history you selected has been deleted.
On the far right of the pop-up window is a “X” button that you can press to close the post.
If you’re concerned about a forged cookie
A forged cookie is like a little token that’s stored in a browser, but the bad guys working on tricking a website into believing it was the original cookie is reverse engineering. Whether you should be worried about such a cookie, Jeremiah Grossman, SentinelOne’s security chief, told NBC News that “generally this type of forged cookie hack is extremely difficult,” and it would “only be possible after a very deep hack” on a web site. You may therefore put forged cookies low on the list of appalling items to worry about on the internet. Grossman said however that changing your password on a regular basis would technically remove any fake cookies-even if they exist.
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