Deleting Cookies

For the most part cookies, or small data files used by websites to track your internet usage, generally pose no threat to your computer. Some cookies can, however, compromise your privacy. They can also take up space–albeit a small amount–depending on how your operating system stores and retrieves data. Advertising companies, meanwhile, often embed cookies with web ads to track your browsing history and tailor specific ads.

Fortunately, most widely used Web browsers make dealing with cookies simple.

Google Chrome

Access content settings: Click on the “Menu” tab in the upper-right corner, and select “Settings.” From there, click on “Advanced Settings,” then “Content Settings.” You may also simply type “chrome://chrome/settings/content” into your address bar and Chrome will take you to your intended destination.

Delete cookies: Click on “All cookies and site data…” to see a list of all the cookies Chrome has stored on your hard drive. From there you can delete specific files individually, or delete everything by selecting “Remove All.”

 

Mozilla Firefox

Access custom settings: Click on the menu button in the upper right and select “Options.” Navigate to the “Privacy” tab and under “History” set Firefox to “Use custom settings for history.”

Delete cookies: Click on“Show Cookies…” which appears once you’ve enabled custom settings for your browser history. From there, you can scroll through a list of cookies accumulated by Firefox, clear them individually or remove them all as a group.

Safari

Access privacy settings: Click on the Tools menu in the upper-right corner and scroll down to “Preferences.” From here, select “Privacy.”

Delete cookies: The option to delete all of your cookies stored on your hard drive lies under your under the “Privacy” tab. There, click on “Remove All Website Data…” then click “Remove Now.” To delete individual cookies, click “Details…” under the “Privacy.” From there, find the specific cookie and delete it accordingly.

Internet Explorer

Access “Internet Options”: Open Internet Explorer, click on the “Tools” menu, and select “Internet Options.”
Delete Cookies: To delete all cookies, head to the “General” tab under “Internet Options” and then click “Delete…”under the “Browsing History” tab. Check “cookies and website data” and click delete.