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What should you do about cookies? Accept them? Deny them? Learn how to deal with cookies in this article.


Cookies Website Computer - Free photo on PixabayWhy Cookies Can Be Dangerous 

Since the data in cookies doesn’t change, cookies themselves aren’t harmful. 

They can’t infect computers as viruses or other malware do. However, some cyberattacks can use cookies and enable access to your browsing sessions. That’s where it become dangerous as they are able to track your browsing history or even log in automatically in websites.

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 Allowing or Removing Cookies

Cookies can be an optional part of your internet experience. If you so choose, you can limit what cookies end up on your computer or mobile device. 

Allow Cookieswhen you are on a secure website with a private wifi and agree with this website saving your data.

“Accept” when the pop up box appears          OR

Find the cookie section — typically under Settings > Privacy. 

Click the boxes to allow cookies. Sometimes the option says, “Allow local data.” 

Remove cookies when the website is not secure (you do not see the lock besides the website) or you are using public wifi, this can help you mitigate your risks of privacy breaches. It can also reset your browser tracking and personalization. 

Removing normal cookies is easy, but it could make certain web sites harder to navigate. Without cookies internet, users may have to re-enter their data for each visit. Different browsers store cookies in different places, but usually, you can: 

Find the Settings, Privacy section — sometimes listed under Tools, Internet Options, or Advanced. 

Follow the prompts on the available options to manage or remove cookies. 

Before removing cookies, evaluate the ease of use expected from a website that uses cookies. In most cases, cookies improve the web experience, but they should be handled carefully. 

In the future, you can even anonymize your web use by using a virtual private network (VPN).

With VPN, services tunnel your web connection to a remote server that poses as you. Cookies will be labeled for that remote server in another country, instead of your local computer.

To Remember:

Accept/Allow Cookies to have an easier web experience whenever you can and you’re in a safe environment.

Deny/Remove Cookies whenever you are not in a secure environment and you are prone to cyberattacks and cookie stealing.

Most websites work completely fine even without cookies, when in doubt just close the pop up box by clicking on X.

Regardless of how you handle cookies, it’s best to remain on guard and clean up your cookies often. 

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