Cookies are small text files written by a web browser that contain information about your interaction with a specific site. They contain information such as your username for logins or what you have purchased on a retail website. They are relatively benign, but they can affect your privacy and they take up some space on your system, so removing them is something that many people like to do on a semi-regular basis.
If you are concerned about what websites leave behind and how advertisers get access to that data, here's how you can delete cookies from the latest version of your favorite web browser.
Digital Trends employees named Google Chrome the best browser of 2020. You can easily delete cookies, manage browsing data and specify the type of files to accept or block.
Step 2: The first extended window that you should see is the panel Privacy and security . Look at the bottom and click on Delete browsing data .
Step 3: Determine whether it is only cookies that you want to delete or everything and select how far back you want to delete them using the drop-down menu. Please note that Google is synchronizing this promotion with your other devices to which this Google account is registered. You can choose to only influence this specific device if you want.
Step 4: When you are finished, click the blue Delete data button. If your Google account is synchronized with other devices, cookies on those devices will also be deleted. If you do not want this to happen (for example, some of these cookies may be useful for companies), you must first log out of your account.
To manage how cookies are stored and stored in the future, go back to Privacy and security make a list and click on Content settings followed by Cookies . There you will find options for which cookies are stored and whether you want to block third-party cookies or not.
Chrome on Android or iOS
Step 1: Access Chrome & # 39; s menu, go to Settings and then find the tab Privacy under Advanced settings.
Step 2: Select Delete Browsing data and check Delete cookies and site data before tapping Delete data .
There are also options for deleting your browsing history and deleting cached images and files.
The open source browser has a lot of add-ons and actually offers more options than Chrome when it comes to adjusting these settings – and that was before Quantum turned things upside down. Here you can read how you can delete cookies that are being saved.
Step 1: Click the three-line icon in the upper right corner. Select Options from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Select Privacy & Security in the menu on the left. Look for the header Cookies and site data .
Step 2: Click on the button Delete data … .
Step 3: Make Make sure that Cookies and site data are checked and then click the button Delete .
You can also click on the link Manage data . A window appears with a search field for searching for a specific cookie and a list of all cookies stored on your device. You can click the Delete selected button to delete a highlighted cookie or the Delete all button to delete them all.
To manage how cookies are processed by Firefox, there are several options that you can switch on, including whether you accept cookies … or Block cookies . Look under the heading Cookies and site data to the right where Mozilla offers a button Exceptions where you can determine whether individual cookies are respectively blocked or allowed.
Firefox on iOS
Step 1: Tap the New tab button (top right, with the number in it).
Step 2: Tap the gear button on the top left of the screen.  Step 3: Scroll down to Delete private data . On the next screen, make sure that Cookies is selected, and then tap Delete private data .
Unlike Chrome and Firefox, Safari only stores cookies from websites that you visit. Nevertheless, you can easily change these settings with Safari. Since the Windows version of Safari has been discontinued, our instructions are focused on the MacOS version.
Step 1: Click on the Safari menu in the top left corner and choose Clear history to remove everything at once, from different time frames. If you prefer to have more control over what is deleted, choose the option Preferences .
Step 2: In the Privacy section, you can use Block all cookies to delete everything at once. You can also click Details to view a list of each individual cookie in the browser that you can then delete individually.
Safari's limited filtering options are limited. However, you can ask websites not to follow you (the Don't follow function) or try Safari to block cross-site tracking.
Safari on iOS
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Safari.
Step 2: Tap Delete history and website data to delete all cookies. To delete a specific cookie, tap Advanced and then Website Data to retrieve a list of cookies stored on your phone. From there, press Edit tap the red circle next to the specific cookie that you want to delete and delete.
Edge is the latest browser from Microsoft integrated in Windows 10. Here you can see how to change the cookie settings and delete all existing ones:
Step 1: Click on the icon with the three dots Institutions in the top right corner.
Step 2: Click Settings in the drop-down menu and scroll down to the section titled Delete browsing data .
Step 3: Click on the Choose what you want to delete .
Step 4: Ensure that Cookies and saved website data are checked and then click on the Delete
Scroll to the bottom of the main settings menu to manage how Edge handles cookies. You should see Advanced Settings . Click on the corresponding View advanced settings . At the bottom you will find the section Cookies with a drop-down menu. Your options are to block all cookies, only block third-party cookies or not at all (standard).
In the menu select what you want to delete you also have the option to delete cookies every time you leave the browser, using the switch under the button Delete .
Although the Opera browser is based on the same basis as Google Chrome, the browser cookie options have a slightly different process.
Step 1: Click on the red Opera logo in the upper left corner
Step 2: Select Settings from the drop-down menu and a new tab is opened in the browser.
Step 3: Click on Privacy and security in the menu on the left.
Step 4: Select the section Delete browsing data .
Step 5: Make sure Cookies and other site data is selected. Choose the time frame from which you want to delete it and select Delete data .
To manage how Opera handles cookies, on the page Privacy and security use the switches under the heading Cookies to decide whether you want cookies are blocked, deleted or fully permitted at regular intervals.
Apps and plug-ins
While browsers can delete cookies manually quite easily, there are also a large number of apps and browser plug-ins that can give you a little more control over your cookies.
CCleaner is a powerful tool that you can download and use for free to rid your system of excess generated files by your web browser and other applications. CCleaner has a head start on traditional web browsers in cleaning up cookies because it can do this across the board rather than just within a certain browser. For $ 20 a year you can also upgrade to the Pro version, which allows scheduled cleanup, real-time monitoring and other functions for companies.
Cookie AutoDelete will automatically delete all cookies when you close a browser tab, while you keep a running tab of the cookies on the site that you can check for more information. You can also immediately delete cookies from a domain whenever you want. The extension allows you to create and share white lists and gray lists of cookies that you may want to allow (or at least provisionally allow). It is available for both Chrome and Firefox and it is one of the best hands-off options for cookie management out there.