If you’ve used the internet in the past year or so, you’ve probably seen the messages across most websites notifying you that they rely on cookies. These cookies are small bits of data that store information about you. Think of them as a portion of a digital fingerprint that sites can use to identify you and your system. Cookies are great for storing passwords and usernames and they allow sites to cater their content specifically to your interests.
How Cookies Work
For example, a site may assign you a random identification number and then store a cookie on your computer that marks you as that number. On their end, that number links to all of your information. Notably, sites can only look at the cookies that they create. Cookies from other websites remain hidden to them.
Benefits of Cookies
What You Should Know
How to manage your browser cookies
If you wish, you can manage and delete cookies from your browser. While the exact method depends on what browser you use, the general instructions remain the same. Remember that deleting your cookies will sign you out of most sites and they will not be able to cater content specifically for you.
To manage your cookies, travel to your browser’s Settings. In Chrome, OneLaunch, and other Chromium browsers, you can do this through a button on the top right of your browser that looks like three vertical dots. Once there, look for the Privacy and Security section, but you may need to click the Advanced button to see this section. From there, Site Settings, then Cookies, and finally See all cookies and site data. If you want to delete your cookies, just choose Remove all.
Cookies can be extremely helpful for sites that want to provide a personalized experience to their users. However, users may not think that the benefits are worth the possible invasions of privacy. Thankfully, modern internet browsers like Chrome and OneLaunch make it extremely easy to manage and remove cookies with just a few clicks.