Cookies are a piece of information stored by the user’s web browser on the user’s computer. It could be used to authenticate, track or maintain some specific information or even store site preferences. There are 2 kinds of cookies
- Session Cookies – It exists as long as you browse a website and expires when you leave the site.
- Persistent Cookies – It is stored on the computer for a longer period maybe months or even years or you could specify how long you want them.
Most websites use the cookies to track your personal information. If cookies are enabled, every time we visit a site the browser will send the cookies back to the website. Sometimes cookies can be used maliciously to track our browsing information. Hence some users prefer to disable cookies for privacy concerns. But most websites do not work well if cookies are disabled
Cookies are enabled by default in Firefox. To disable cookies:
- On the Firefox toolbar, select “Tools” and then click “Options” (Refer Figure 1)
- An option window will pop up as below.
- Choose the Privacy panel and for the option “Firefox will:”, select the option “Use Custom Setting for History”.
- Disable cookies
You can disable cookies in 3 ways:
- Disable cookies completely – For this you need to uncheck the option “Accept cookies from sites”
- Disable cookies with exception – Click on the button “Exceptions” and in the window you can specify the sites you want to allow cookies and the sites you want to block or specify the sites where you want to store the cookies only for the current session.
- Disable third party cookies – Third party cookies are set by the websites we visit but the information can be accessed by other sites.This is normally used to track your browsing information and is often used by advertisers. Disabling the third party cookies can prevent some advertisers but not all.
If you choose to accept cookies, you can decide how long you want it to last. You can choose to
- Keep cookies till it expires
- Keep the cookies till you close the browser
- Ask you every time a site attempts to send you a cookie and if you want to store it or not.
So now that you have understood how to disable cookies, you can choose any option which is best for your needs. Have you really been concerned about cookie privacy and which option do you choose?