deleting your cookies


Access custom settings: Click on the “Menu” three-lined icon in the top-right corner. In the drop-down menu, select “Options,” which will open a new “Preferences” tab. On this page, select “Privacy” listed on the menu to the left, and then head to the “History” section. Here you will need to choose “Use custom settings for history” in the drop-down menu located next to “Firefox will…”

For the impatient, simply use this address in a new tab: about:preferences#privacy

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Cookie juggling: With the advanced history settings enabled, you should see an option to toggle on/off “Accept cookies from sites.” To the right, Mozilla provides an “Exceptions” button where you can control the cookie flow. These include blocking or allowing cookies from specific sites, and allowing a cookie from a specific site for only one browsing session. This is done by merely inserting the address of the website.

Next, you have the ability accept or deny third-party cookies, or accept third-party cookies from sites you already visited. You can also keep all cookies on the plate until they become stale, or clean the plate entirely once you close Firefox.

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Smashing cookies: To manually delete cookies in Firefox, you’ll need to hit the “Show Cookies” button. A window appears with a search field for locating a specific cookie, and a list of all cookies stored on your device. You can hit the “Remove Selected” button to delete a highlighted cookie, or hit the “Remove All” button to nuke the entire cookie pile from your plate.

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On Windows 10, this is the general area where Firefox keeps the cookie jar (cookies.sqlite):

C:Users<your_username>AppDataLocalMozillaFirefoxProfiles

Firefox (iOS): Tap the New Tab button (top right, with the number in it). Now tap the cog button in the top left of the screen. Scroll down to “Clear private data.” On the next screen, make sure “Cookies” is selected, then tap “Clear Private Data.”

SAFARI

Access cookies: Click on the Safari menu in the upper-left corner and scroll down to “Preferences.” Alternatively, in the same menu, choose “Clear History,” and you can delete everything in one go, from a variety of time frames. If you would much prefer to have more control over what is deleted, choose the “Preferences” option.

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Juggling cookies: Safari’s options for limited filtering of cookies are limited. You can, however, ask websites not to track you (the Do Not Track feature, which unfortunately most websites ignore), or have Safari attempt to block cross-site tracking.

Smashing cookies:  In the “Privacy” section, you can use “Block all cookies” to remove everything in one fell swoop. Alternatively, click on “Details” to see a list of each individual cookie stored in the browser.

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Safari (iOS): Go into “Settings” and select Safari. To delete all cookies, tap “Clear History and Website Data.” To delete a specific cookie, tap “Advanced,” then “Website Data” to pull up a list of cookies stored on your phone. From there, hit “Edit,” tap the red circle next to the specific cookie you want to remove, and delete it.

MICROSOFT EDGE

Edge is Microsoft’s latest browser integrated into Windows 10, and is intended to replace Internet Explorer 11. But considering that the U.S. Navy still holds onto Windows XP, getting everyone to make the switch to Microsoft Edge might prove a challenge.

Access cookies: Click on the three-dot Settings icon in the top right-hand corner that will generate a drop-down panel. Once you click “Settings” on the panel, it will shift to a different tile providing a section called “Clear browsing data.” To manage cookies, skip that for now and keep scrolling down.

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Juggling cookies: When you scroll to the bottom of the current panel, you should see “Advanced Settings.” Click on the associated “View advanced settings” button to access a refreshed list of settings. At the bottom, you’ll find the “Cookies” section with a drop-down menu. Your only options are to block all cookies, block only third-party cookies, or don’t block them at all (default).

Smashing cookies: To return to the previous Settings tile, click on the arrow keys next to “Advanced settings” at the top. On the new panel, go back to “Clear browsing data” and click on the “Choose what to clear” button. In the list, your only cookie-related option is to choose “Cookies and saved website data,” and then hit the big “Clear” button.

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That said, your cookie management in Microsoft Edge is currently limited. As to where Windows 10 stores cookies, here is the general location:

C:Users<your_username>AppData
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OPERA

How to clear cookies

Accessing cookies: Click on red Opera logo in the top-left corner, which will present a drop-down menu. Select “Settings,” and a new “Settings” tab opens in the browser. Click on “Privacy & security” in the menu to the left, and scroll down to the “Cookies” section listed in the resulting settings.

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Juggling cookies: The “Cookies” section provides four options: allow sites to create cookies, keep cookies until Opera is closed, block sites from creating cookies, and block just third-party cookies. The “Manage exceptions” button leads to a pop-up window where you can insert a website, and then select “Allow,” “Block,” or “Clear on exit” options in a drop-down menu.

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Smashing cookies: Opera’s “Cookies” section also includes an “All cookies and site data” button. Click on that, and a pop-up window provides a list of all cookies currently stored on your device. There’s also a search field for hunting down a specific cookie flavor, and a “Delete All” button to nuke them into bits. You can even delete an individual cookie by highlighting it, and clicking on its associated circular “X” button.

Opera openly stores cookies on Windows 10 here:

C:Users<your_username>AppDataLocalOpera SoftwareOpera StableCache

Now on to apps and plugins….

APPS AND PLUGINS

CCLEANER

Removing cookies with CCleaner Free

CCleaner (short for Crap Cleaner) is a powerful tool you can download for free and use to clean your hard drive of excess files generated by your web browser and other applications. When it comes to deleting cookies, CCleaner has an edge over traditional web browsers in that it can delete cookies across the board, rather than just files stored within a particular browser. CCleaner can also uninstall programs and fix registry issues, which is simply an added plus.

CLICK&CLEAN

This extension serves as a handy security app for Chrome. The simple piece of software touts the ability to scan for malware, and installs a toilet paper icon that allows you to delete cookies with a single click. You can also customize the feature to clear both your cache and browsing history, if you prefer.

SELF-DESTRUCTING COOKIES

Self Destructing Cookies

This is a valuable little add-on for Firefox. The software creates cookie rules that deal with particularly naughty cookies. If a cookie tries to persist after you close your browser tabs, the add-on will delete it automatically. If the cookie tries to track what you’re doing, it will also be immediately deleted. There are even advanced options for dealing with zombie cookies, rendering Self-Destructing Cookies an attractive solution if you don’t want to keep deleting cookies manually.

WIPE 17.12

Wipe

Wipe is designed to remove unwanted data from your computer, such as cookies, browsing history, and other similar items. It’s designed specifically for Windows, and as such, it can remove clipboard data and recent file logs in Windows 10. Although some may not want such a far-reaching tool, those interested in greater privacy may prefer such a complete solution.