Cookies are the small data sent to the computer when a website is accessed. These data are then returned to the web server on the succeeding revisits of the user. This helps the website automatically recognize the user everytime it is visited.
For instance, when you try to re-login in a website, the form is autofilled with your username and password for browsing convenience. However, it can be used by hackers and companies to know all personal details like bank account details, credit card information, etc.
This article describes the steps to block cookies on common web browsers.
To disable accepting cookies on different browsers:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Under the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
- Go the the Privacy tab > click on Advanced.
- Select Block as shown below then click on OK.
- Open Google Chrome.
- At the top-right, click More and then Settings.
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Under Privacy and security > click Content settings > click Cookies.
- Switch off the toggle on Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended).
- At the top-right, click Menu and choose Options.
- Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the History section.
- In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history.
- Make sure Accept cookies from sites is unchecked.