How to Manage Cookies in Your Browser

Cookies are small files stored on your computer created by websites you visit. These files contain information such as your site preferences or login status. All popular browsers give you the ability to control how cookies are used, including the ability to accept or reject all or certain cookies.

Internet Explorer

To block all cookies:

1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

3. Click the Privacy tab, and then, under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click OK. Blocking cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly.

To block or allow cookies based on their type:

1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

3. Click the Privacy tab, move the slider to the level of privacy that you want to set, and then click OK. As you move the slider, Internet Explorer provides a description of the types of cookies that are blocked or allowed at that privacy level.

To block or allow cookies from specific websites:

1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

3. Click the Privacy tab, and then move the slider to a position between the top and bottom so you are not blocking or allowing all cookies.

4. Click Sites.

5. In the Address of website box, type a website address, and then click Block or Allow. As you type, a list of webpages that you have already visited will be displayed. You can click an item in the list and it will be displayed in the Address of website box.

6. Repeat step 5 for each website you want to block or allow. When you are finished, click OK.

7. Move the slider back to the position it was originally in, and then click OK.

 

Google Chrome

1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.

2. Select Settings.

3. Click Show advanced settings.

4. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content settingsbutton.

5. In the "Cookies" section, you can change the following cookies settings:

- To delete all cookies, click Remove all.

- To delete a specific cookie, hover over a site, then click the that appears to the right.

- You can also choose to remove all cookies created during a specific time period.

 

Firefox

1. Click the menu button and choose Preferences.

2. Select the Privacy panel.

3. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.

4. Check mark Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them. If you are troubleshooting problems with cookies, make sure Accept third party cookiesis also not set to Never.

5. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:

- Keep until: they expire: Each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date, which is set by the site that sent the cookie.

- Keep until: I close Firefox: The cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed when Firefox is closed.

- Keep until: ask me every time: Displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.

6. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

 

Safari

1. Choose Safari > Preferences

2. Click Privacy, then do any of the following:

- See which websites store cookies or data: Click Details.

- Remove stored cookies and data: Click Remove All Website Data, or click Details, select one or more websites, then click Remove. If you remove information stored by a website, the website may not be able to provide services it has provided in the past.

- Change how cookies and website data are blocked: Select an option in the “Block cookies and other website data” section.

- Allow cookies temporarily: If a website requires you to allow cookies, you can temporarily select Never in the “Block cookies and other website data” section. After leaving the website, select another option for cookie and data blocking, then remove cookies the page stored.