How To Get Rid Of Cookies?

If only cookies had just remained the tasty baked treats we all know and love. Unfortunately, cookie is also the name for text files that contain information about you that was sent by a web server or website you visited to your browser. It is then saved on your hard drive, so it can track what you do online including the log-in information, authenticating sessions, even what text size you prefer. This can help differentiate the setting for individual users if a computer is used by multiple users.

CookiesCookies are not viruses or spyware or anything as malignant as that, and they do not cause pop-ups or spam. They are only used or advertising purposes, but they can contain sensitive information and can be hijacked to be exploited. Third-party cookies that will keep track of what language you want to use to view web site and the number of results you want to see per page on a search engine are a major privacy concern. Since these cookies can contain user names and passwords, their interception can be a real problem.

Many internet browsers allow you to use whether you want to accept cookies or not, but if you do not, you will not be able to view sites that use cookies. So the best course of action is often to accept the cookies, and then delete them. It is a simple process.

If you are using Internet Explorer:
Open Explorer and click on the Tools menu.
Select “Internet Options”.
On the “General” tab, click the “Delete Cookies” button.
Click OK.
You can also do this without opening Explorer by right clicking on the desktop icon and choosing properties.

If you are using Firefox:
Open Firefox and click on “Tools”.
Select “Options”.
Go to the “Privacy Tab” and click on the “Clear Private Data Now” button.
A menu will appear. Check the box for cookies and click OK.

Cookies can be automatically deleted in Firefox by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+DEL. The cookie s and other privacy issues will be deleted when you close the browser. First you need to set this up as an option, again from the Tools/Options/Privacy Tab. There will be a box that says, “Always clear my private data when I close Firefox.” Click on the Settings button and make sure the check box for “Cookies” is checked.
If you use public computers, avoid accessing secure sites such as your banking information or credit cards. You can ask the owner of the computer to delete the information for you, but that is not a guarantee.

Cookies are very manageable files. If you take the short amount of time to take care of them, you are one step closer to keeping your online information private.

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