Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites. Cookies are created when a user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
If you share access on your computer, you may want to set your browser to clear private browsing data every time you close your browser. While not as secure as rejecting cookies outright, this option lets you access cookie-based websites while deleting any sensitive information after your browsing session.
Make sure your browser is updated, if you haven’t already; set your browser to update automatically. This eliminates security vulnerabilities caused by outdated browsers. Many cookie-based exploits are based on exploiting older browsers’ security shortcomings
How do I clean out cookies? In this example we use Internet Explorer:
- On the Start screen, tap or click ‘Internet Explorer’ to open Internet Explorer.
- Move the cursor to the top right edge of the screen, and then click on the Gear (tools).
- Move the cursor to “Internet Options”. Left click it.
- You are in the General Tab. Go to the bottom and find “Browsing History”.
- Click delete button, another box will open with several options already checked.
These are the default, you may safely delete with these settings, altering any of these options is up to you, read all options, and check any others you wish to include. Then click the delete button.
Cookies are everywhere and can’t really be avoided if you wish to enjoy the biggest and best websites out there. With a clear understanding of how they operate and how they help your browsing experience, you can take the necessary security measures to ensure that you browse the Net confidently.
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