How to delete cookies for your browser?

Cookies are files created by websites you’ve visited, and your browser’s cache, which helps pages load faster, make it easier for you to browse the web. Cookies are usually delectable delights, but Web cookies can sometimes be less than delightful. These little files hide in your computer so that your browser and websites can track your browsing sessions and save certain useful information, such as account names and passwords, for later retrieval.



Although cookies may seem harmless overall, they can threaten your privacy if an attacker tries to use them maliciously. Websites may also allow other sites to store third-party cookies on your computer. To ensure that companies are not keeping tabs on what you do online, you should periodically clear your browser's cookies by accessing the Privacy or Browsing History sections of your browser's settings. The exact process varies by browser, however, so you'll need to follow along with the instructions for the specific browser you use.

Delete Cookies in Google Chrome

  1. Click the Tools menu (three dotted lines in the upper-right corner)
  2. Then Select Settings
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page
  4. Click Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down a little bit until you see the privacy category
  6. Click Clear browsing data 
  7. Using the drop down, select Obliterate the following items from: the beginning of time.
  8. Select the top four boxes. (select the 3rd and 4th box if you don't wish to delete browsing and download history)
  9. Click Clear browsing data
  10. Restart your browser
  

Delete Cookies in Firefox

  1. Click on your tools bar (the hamburger menu in the upper right corner)
  2. Click on preferences(Settings)
  3. On the menu to the right, select Privacy
  4. Under the history option, click on the shortcut titled clear your recent history
  5. Select only the top four options and hit clear now
  6. Restart your browser

Delete Cookies in Safari

  1. Click on Safari in the top left corner of the finer bar
  2. Click Preferences
  3. Click the Privacy tab
  4. Click Manage Website Data
  5. Click Remove All 
  6. Click Remove Now
  7. Restart Safari 

Delete Cookies in Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the Tools menu (three dotted lines in the upper-right corner)
  2. Then Settings
  3. Scroll down til Browsing data
  4. Click Choose what to clear
  5. Select the top four boxes 
  6. Click clear 
  7. Restart Edge

Keyboard Shortcut for Most Browsers

If you are using Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox you can quickly clear cache with a keyboard shortcut. While in your browser, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete simultaneously on the keyboard to open the appropriate window.

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