When you browse the internet, there is always a pop-up window at the bottom asking that if you accept the cookies or not. So what exactly are these cookies, do they harm your internet, and how to clear them on Chrome? Let’s find out the answer now.
What exactly are cookies?
Cookies are simply text files created by the website which you have visited, and it contains the information such as the login credentials and the site name. When you visited the site for the first time, a cookie is downloaded on your PC. Then your PC will send the information contained in that cookie back to the site when you visit the same site next time.
Do cookies cause any harm?
The information contained in the cookie is sophisticated, they might include how long you visited the site and your preferences for the page layout. It would improve your browsing experience somehow, but also bring about the privacy issue. However, if you feel uncomfortable about being traced and tracked, you can clear your cookies and block any future ones on your Chrome browser.
Types of cookies
Session cookies, are also known as “temporary cookies”. They are created when you navigate through the website, and they only retain the information as long as you are browsing the internet. The cookies are permanently deleted when you close the website, and they don’t cause any harm to your privacy.
Permanent cookies, as it called, would remain the information even after you close the web browser. Usually they can remember your login details and passwords which helps to save time to re-enter them every time. However, your personal data might be revealed if hackers breach the website, so it would be better to clear them for privacy reasons.
These cookies are installed by third-parties to collect the information for cross-site tracking. This information usually includes searching behavior, demographics, and shopping habits. However, advertisers often use this information to serve users targeted ads.
Flash cookies, are also known as “super cookies”. These cookies are independent of your web browser and stored permanently on your device. They would stay on your device even after all cookies have been cleared.
How to clear cookies on Chrome?
Most cookies can be cleared or blocked. As to clear cookies, you need to find out the folder stored on your PC and clear them. Otherwise, you can block cookies by configuring your browser settings.
- Click “three-vertical-dots” icon in the upper right-hand corner > Settings
2. Browse “Privacy and security” panel > Click “Clear browsing data“
3. Select “Time range” > Choose “All time“
4. Click “Cookies and other site data” > Click “Clear data“
On the phone
- Click “three-vertical-dots” icon > Settings
2. Browse “Privacy and security” > Choose “Clear browsing data“
3. Click “Cookies and other site data” > “Clear data“
How to block cookies on Chrome?
- Browse “Privacy and security” panel > Click “Cookies and other site data“
2. Click “Block all cookies“
Clearing cookies are essential for the protection of your data, and it is vital to know what information your Chrome browser Stores.
The more you know about the settings on your Chrome browser, the better you will be able to handle the privacy issue.
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