It’s good to start with going through some basic info you will need to understand make the best out of this blog post. Let’s find out what’s a browser cookie. Internet geeks can skip this part though!
HTTP Cookie – Your Data and Their Data
First, let me give you the wikipedia description of cookie. “AÂ cookie, also known as anÂ HTTP cookie,Â web cookie, orÂ browser cookie, is used for an origin website to send state information to a user’s browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site.Â The state information can be used forÂ authentication, identification of a usersession, user’s preferences,Â shopping cartÂ contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.” read more here.
So, when you are visiting a website, it sends a piece of data to your browser to save. Its like telling the browser, next time you show up, show this as an ID and I will be able to help you in Â a better way.
Yes, the data it sent you will have bits of information that will help them understand what you did last time you visited, and much more about you. My favorite example is amazon.com. They use this really well.
Good Or Bad?
I will, again, start with what Wiki has to say about this.
”Cookies are not software. They cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer . However, they can be used by spyware to track user’s browsing activities â€“ a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action.  Cookies could also be stolen by hackers to gain access to a victim’s web account”
So, knowing how to manage your browser cookies gives you an additional way of keeping yourself secure in the interwebs.
Let’s learn how to do that.
Allow or Block Cookies – How to Do that on Chrome
Chrome URLs comes to your help here. Simple typeÂ chrome://settings/content to your browser omnibox (addressbar) and you will reach the page to manage cookies. Your options are
Allow local data to be set (recommended)
Allow local data to be set for the current session only
Block sites from setting any data
Block third-party cookies from being set
Clear cookies and other site and plug-in data when I close my browser
The fist option, gives total freedom to websites to add cookies to your browser. I hope these are self explanatory. Please drop a comment in case you need hep.
Blocking a Website From Adding Cookie to Chrome
If you want to allow everyone except one website, to add cookies, here is how to do that. On thatÂ chrome://settings/content screen, click on “Manage Exceptions”. Add the website in to the “Add a new hostname..” box.Â To create exceptions for an entire domain, insertÂ [*.]Â before the domain name (e.g.[*.]google.com).
Search and Delete Cookies
So, how do we delete cookies that you do not want, or how do we find them to start with? Chrome has an option to search your cookies. This makes it easy for you to find certain websites and their cookies. Visit chrome://settings/cookies and click on “All cookies and site data” and you will see what you are looking for!
Now, search for the one you are looking for. DO NOT click on “Remove All” here, unless you want to delete them. There is no warning before deleting cookies!! (at least as of now)
To delete cookie for a particular website, click on that item, and click on the “X” symbol on the right top corner of that row.
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