Should you delete cookies? Why should I delete cookies? How do cookies affect my privacy ? all great questions, with many answers. The short answer is yes, you should delete cookies, always!!! Hopefully, I will explain why and give you information that will allow you to accomplish it.
First what is a cookie or as it is also known, HTTP cookie, web cookie, internet cookie, third party cookie or a browser cookie? Cookies, whatever their name in computer-speak, are a packet of data that a computer receives and sends back without changing or altering it.
It is generated by a website and saved to your browser, the purpose is to remember information about you. The most common use is to store login information for a specific site, some sites will store username and passwords, while others just store the username, whenever you select ” Remember Me On This Computer ” the website will create a login cookie.
Cookies are also used to save user preferences for a specific site. Search engines may store your search setting in cookies. While cookies themselves are generally not dangerous or harmful, because the data contained does not change, cyber-attacks can hijack them, the danger is in the ability to track individuals browsing history, and personal information that is stored.
It is wise to delete cookies every time you close your browser, you can do it manually which most people would find a bit of a pain, or you can change the browser setting to do automatically when you close the browser. Most every browser has How To’s in order to disable cookies, clearing history. How-To-Geek is an excellent site with of How To’s
How To Delete Cookies, this link is a great start.
It shows step by step diagrams to disable cookies in windows browsers.
They also have how to block 3rd party cookies on all browsers, this How-To also covers android and iOS devices.
Browser is a software program that allows you to access to explore content, such as videos, on the web. There are a few different browsers that are used,
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Apple Safari
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Amazon Silk
The use of blockers is also a great way to protect your information. They are many great ones to choose from, some are standalone programs others are extension add-ons to your current browser. Some are paid, some are free and open-source/pay what you want programs. You will have to find one that is compatible with your browser and device.
- Privacy Badger – is a free and open-source browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Firefox For Android. According to the site it “automatically learns to block invisible trackers” Privacy Badger
- uBlock Origin – is a free and open-source, cross-platform browser extension for content filtering, including ad-blocking. The extension is available for Google Chrome, Chromium, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and releases of Apple Safari prior to 20013.
- Ghostery – Ghostery is a free and open-source privacy and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application. The extension is available for Mozilla Firefox, Android 2.2 and iOS 2.0.2 Ghostery
- AdBlock – AdBlock is a content filtering and ad-blocking browser extension for the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge web browsers. AdBlock allows users to prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being displayed. The extension is available for Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and as well as Android. AdBlock
- Facebook Container – Is a Mozilla Firefox extension that prevents Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook.
There are also privacy browsers that you can download.
- Brave – Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. The browser blocks ads and website trackers. It is available for Windows 64 bit, Windows 32 bit, Mac OS and Linux. Brave
- Epic – Epic is a privacy-centric web browser. It was developed by Hidden Reflex from Chromium source code. Epic is always in “private browsing mode”. Exiting the browser causes all browsing data to be deleted. Even during browsing as little as possible is stored. It is available for Windows and OS X. Epic Browser
- DuckDuckGo – is a browser extension add-on, it is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Firefox. DuckDuckGo
If the question is should I do everything to protect my privacy and information while online? The answer is absolutely yes, you should. It may be a bit of hassle to search your device, browser, compatible extension and program, but once you are set up, your privacy and information will be rock solid. With the use of antivirus, VPN, cookie and history deletion, add-on extensions and privacy browsers you should not have to worry about tracking, stolen information, privacy issues, you will be able to browse, search, surf, stream without worry.
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I hope you enjoyed and found this post informative and if you have any questions regarding VPN’s please leave me a comment, and I will get back to you soon, Thank you
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