Internet cookies are abundant, very useful for the user and are needed in order to keep the Internet stable. But there are cookies that just don’t work out, and in this article, we’ll be teaching you how to get rid of them for good.
It is delicious, Right? No, I’m not talking about the sweet delicious treats we often indulge in! I’m talking about Internet cookies. They have existed ever since the creation of the Internet and do have its uses, but some can just be a hindrance, particularly third-party cookies. If you’re one who would like to block them off from the websites you browse on, then read on.
What Are Cookies?
If you’re unsure of what the term cookies are when it comes to Internet lingo, here’s what it is in a nutshell. It lets you stay logged onto websites that require you to log in, like social media networks such as Facebook or Tumblr. This saves time and effort having to type your username and password. Clearing cookies will automatically log you out of the website and forget your information, as if you never visited it at all.
What Are Third-Party Cookies?
Third-party cookies, specifically from a website different from the one you are actually visiting. An example would be visiting a website and having someone else (say, an advertiser) track the other sites you visit to gain more information about things you would purchase.
These aren’t dangerous nor does it mean there’s a breach in your privacy. It can just get irritating. Actually, disabling them may even cause a few problems when trying to go on different websites with other sources. Your browser can only block most of them, not everything.
How to Disable Third-Party Cookies:
If you do not want to be tracked by advertisers or anyone else interested in your viewing history, browsers have a Do Not Track feature that would notify websites that you don’t want to be tracked. While it won’t affect your logging in or visiting websites, the downside here is that websites are not obliged to follow it. Your private information will stay safe, though! It isn’t the total alternative to disabling cookies, but it’s a start.
However, if you’re keen on disabling third-party cookies, here are the steps on how, depending on the browser you use:
Blocking Third-Party Cookies on Microsoft Internet Explorer:
Note: This is for the latest (and final!) update of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Click the gear icon and click “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” and put it on “Medium High”, blocking third-party cookies.
- Press “OK”, restart Internet Explorer, and that’s it!
Disabling on Microsoft Edge:
Note: This is for the new Edge browser on Windows 10.
- Click the three dots and click “Settings” and “View Advanced Settings”
- Under the cookies heading, select the drop-down menu and click “Block only third party cookies”
- Close settings and you’re done.
Stopping Third-Party Cookies on Firefox:
- Click the three lines and select “Options”. Then click on “Privacy“.
- There is actually a Do Not Track option in Firefox if you would like to turn it on. Make sure that if you do request that sites don’t track you, click “Remember History” and then “Use custom settings for history”.
- On the custom settings for history, click the drop down list near the “Accept third-party cookies”, selecting “Never”.
- There’s no “OK” option, the settings will be changed immediately.
Disabling Third-Party Cookies on Google Chrome (Desktop):
- Click the three lines and select “Settings”
- Scroll down and select “Show Advanced Settings”
- Click “Content Settings….” then tick the “Block third-party cookies and site data” option.
- Close the settings and continue on like normal.
Disallowing on Google Chrome (Android):
- Click the three dots and select “Settings”
- Go to Privacy settings under the Advanced heading
- Only the Do Not Track option is found here. Enable it if you want to.
- If you would want to disable third-party cookies, go to the Advanced Options, select “Site Settings” and click “Cookies”
- Deselect the “Allow third-party cookies” option.
- Exit Settings and continue browsing.
Blocking on Apple Safari (OS X):
- Open Preferences on the Safari Menu (clicking Command + will do, too!)
- Select the Privacy tab and look for the “Cookies and website data” options, selecting the “Allow from current website only” option.
- If you would like to enable the Do Not Track option, select “Ask websites not to track me” at the bottom of the window screen.
- Exit Preferences and that’s it!
Disallowing Third-Party Cookies on Apple Safari (iOS):
- Open Settings and click on “Safari”
- Scroll down to “Privacy and Security, and you’ll find the Do Not Track option (enable it if you want) and the “Block Cookies” option. Tap on “Block Cookies”
- Select “Allow from Current Website Only” and exit Settings.
And there you have it! It’s simple and most steps are similar to each browser, so if you are using another browser that was not mentioned above (Opera, for example), you may base it on the settings above.
Remember that blocking third-party cookies can be advantageous, but it may also disable features that require you to unblock these cookies to use them. If you don’t browse a lot, hate being tracked by advertisers and third parties, and/or want to keep your viewing history and privacy secure, then this option is for you. If not, there is always the “Do Not Track” feature you can use! The only middle ground here is to block and unblock third-party cookies when browsing, if you really want to keep your privacy secure. It’s a bit of a hassle, but it gets the job done! The best advice we can give is that you stay aware when browsing the Internet, especially when clicking on suspicious sites and links that may end up with drastic consequences.