Saturday, December 15, 2012
How to delete browser cookies? How do I erase a cookie in my browser? How to clear the cookies in your browser?
What are browser cookies?
A browser cookie or web cookie is a group of text stored in a user's computer that is used to identify a user that is connected to a certain website or server (such as facebook.com). The cookie is a group of data or textual information that is being sent by an internet server to your browser whenever you connect to that website or server. When you access that website or server using your browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, your browser will then send or return the cookie to the server or website every time you access or connect to it.
Examples of cookies:
Name cookie = a name cookie is used to store name information when a user or visitor accesses or connects to a website, server, or web page for the first time. This information is then retrieved by the browser from the name cookie that is stored in the visitor's computer whenever he or she visits the web page the next time again. The page will then post a welcome message with the visitor's name on it ("Welcome, John!").
Password cookie = a password cookie is used to store password information when a user or visitor accesses or connects to a website, server, or web page for the first time. This information is then recovered by the browser from the password cookie that is stored in the user's computer whenever he or she visits the web page the next time again.
Cookie Process Flow Diagram:
1. You open your browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer)
2. You type the address "facebook.com" on the address bar of your browser
3. You see the user Login and password
4. You enter your Email and Password and click Login
5. Facebook will then send a user cookie and a password cookie to your browser
6. Your browser will search and retrieve the user and password cookie information data that is stored in your computer
7. Facebook will display your Profile and Welcome page...
Potential threats and dangers from browser cookies:
tracking user's activity
stealing visitor's personal information
data eavesdropping within a network
How to delete browser cookies?
Internet criminals, hackers, and evildoers on the web will always try to find and use devilish resourcefulness and means to do their trade of fraud, theft, hacking, and deception.
Due to the potential threats and dangers listed above, it is for your safety that you should delete your browser cookies. Here is the simple step by step procedure on how to delete, erase, and clear up your browser cookies for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users.
- Open Internet Explorer
- Click on "Tools"
- Select "Internet Options"
- Under the "General" tab on
- Browsing history
- Click "Delete"
- Check "Cookies"
- Click "Delete"
Under Browsing history, on "Delete" you have to option to delete temporary internet files, history, cookies, saved passwords, and web form information.
- Under "Settings", "Temporary Internet Files" you have the option to "Check for newer versions of stored pages", "Disk space to use".
- Under "History",
you can specify how many days Internet Explorer should save the list of websites you have visited.
- Open Mozilla Firefox
- Click on "Tools"
- Select "Options"
- Click "Privacy"
- Under "History"
you have the option to "Accept cookies from sites" and "Accept third-party cookies" and keep until options - they expire, close Firefox, ask everytime.
- Click "Exceptions" and specify the address or addresses of website(s) that you want to "Block", "Allow for Session", or "Allow" to use their cookies.
- Click "Show Cookies"
Search or Select a cookie and "Remove Cookies" or
"Remove All Cookies"
- Click "Close"