0.6 Delete Cookies
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Cookies are small files that are placed on your PC by a website.
Websites use these cookies in various ways from tracking your
movement through the website to providing information to advertisers
about your buying preferences.
Without cookies it can be difficult to navigate some websites. For
instance, if you had to sign in to a website, a cookie would store your
user name and password. if you subsequently deleted that cookies then,
the next time you used that website, you would have to input your user
name and password all over again.
Whether you accept or decline cookies is totally up to you. When
visiting websites from within the European Union (EU) you may have
noticed that now you are prompted to either accept or decline cookies
or, by simply using the site, it is assumed that you have consented to
cookies being placed on your PC. This is a privacy safeguard for you the
user. If you do not wish to accept cookies you can either refuse at the
point of entry to an EU based website or, if the website assumes you are
giving permission by using the website, you can close that website and
simply delete all cookies.
Deleting all cookies is a simple affair but differs with each
browser. Below is the method used by four of the most popular browsers:
If you are using Mozilla Firefox version 12 or later, proceed as
- Click the Firefox tab in the top left
hand corner of the screen.
- From the Drop down menu, Select Options.
- In the options window, Click on the Privacy Tab.
- On the Privacy tab, click the Show Cookies button.
- A list of cookies will now appear.
- To remove All cookies, press the Remove all Cookies
If you are using Google Chrome version 19 or later, proceed as
- Click the spanner in the top right hand corner of the
Chrome browser window.
- From the drop down menu, select Settings.
- In the Settings window, click the + Show Advanced Settings link.
- In the Advanced Settings window, in the Privacy section,
click the Content Settings button.
- A list of cookies will appear.
- Click the OK button to Delete all cookies.
If you are using Apple Safari version 5 or later, proceed as follows:
- Click the Cog wheel in the Top Right hand corner of the screen.
- From the drop down menu, select Preferences.
- In the Preferences window, click the Privacy tab.
- In the Privacy tab, click the Remove all website data
- A message will appear asking if you are sure you want to
remove all data stored by websites on your computer. Click the
Remove Now button to remove the data.
If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or later, proceed as follows:
- Click the Cog wheel in the Top Right hand corner of the browser
- From the drop down menu, click on Internet options.
- In the Internet Options window, General tab, click the
Delete button in the Browsing History section.
- In the Delete Browsing History window, click the Delete
button. This will delete all of the checked
(ticked) options in the delete
Browsing History window. If you only want to remove the cookies then
uncheck (untick) all other available options, only leaving the
cookies option checked.