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How to delete cookies in a few simple steps

They are not cookies. Although these are leaving crumbs or traces about our activity on the internet and the interaction with the websites we visit. The cookies They are small text files that have information that speeds up your browsing, but they also contain data such as your username or the items you bought at a retail store. If you are worried about your privacy, knowing how to delete cookies from your favorite web browser is something you would probably like to do regularly.

A man in black sitting on a couch looking at his computer with a worried face | How to delete cookies on different devices

Google Chrome

Google Chrome allows you to easily delete cookies, control browsing data and specify what type of files you should accept or block.

Step 1: click on the cone "Men" of three points in the upper right corner and select "Configuration". Once the new tab opens, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced. There will open a page of Configuration to include additional options.

Step 2: the first expanded window you should see is the panel of Privacy & Security. Look at the bottom and click on Clear browsing data.

Step 3: Decide if you only want to delete cookies or everything, and select how far you want to delete them using the drop-down menu.

Step 4: when you are ready, click on the blue button Delete data.

To manage how cookies are stored and stored in the future, return to the list of Privacy & Security and click on Content Settings, followed by cookies. There you will find options for which cookies are stored and if you want to block third-party cookies or not.

Chrome on Android or iOS

Step 1: access the Chrome menu, go to Configuration and then look for the pestaa Privacy in Advanced settings.

Step 2: Choose Clear browsing data and brand Clear cookies and site databefore touching Delete data on the bottom.

There are also options to clear your browser history and delete cached images and files.

Mozilla Firefox

The open source browser has tons of add-ons and, in fact, offers more options than Chrome when it comes to customizing these settings, and that was before Quantum took a spin on everything. Next, we tell you how to delete the cookies it stores.

Step 1: Click on the three-line cone in the upper right corner. In the drop-down menu, select Options.

Step 2: Select Privacy & Security which appears in the menu on the left. Search the header Cookies and site data.

Step 2: Click on the button Delete data ….

Step 3: Make sure that Cookies and site data is marked and then click on the button Delete.

Alternatively, you can click on the link Manage data. There, a window with a search field will appear to locate a specific cookie and a list of all cookies stored on your device. You can press the button Delete selected to delete a highlighted cookie, or press the button Remove all If you wish so.

To manage the way in which Firefox handles cookies, there are several options that you can toggle, including Accept cookies or Block cookies or you can press Exceptions, where you can check if individual cookies are blocked or allowed, respectively.

Firefox on iOS

Step 1: press the button New pestaa (top right, with the number).

Step 2: press the button gear in the upper left of the screen.

Step 3: scroll down until Delete private data. On the next screen, make sure you have selected cookiesthen play Delete private data.

Safari

Unlike Chrome and Firefox, Safari only stores cookies from the websites you visit. However, Safari allows you to easily change these settings. Since the Windows Safari version has been suspended, our instructions will focus on the MacOS version.

Step 1: click on the menu Safari in the upper left corner and choose Delete history to remove everything at once, from a variety of time frames. If you prefer to have more control over what is removed, choose the option preferences.

Step 2: in the section Privacy, you can use Block all cookies to remove everything at once. Alternatively, click on Details to see a list of each individual cookie stored in the browser that you can then delete individually.

Safari options for limited cookie filtering are limited. However, you can ask websites to not track it (with the function Do not track), or that Safari tries to block tracking between sites.

IOS Safari

Step 1: go to Configuration and select Safari.

Step 2: To delete all cookies, touch Clear history and website data. To delete a specific cookie, touch Advanced, then Website data to get a list of the cookies stored in your phone. From there, press Edit, touch the red circle next to the specific cookie you wish to delete and delete it.

Microsoft Edge

Edge is the latest Microsoft browser integrated in Windows 10. Next, we explain how to modify the configuration of cookies and eliminate existing ones:

Step 1: click on the cone of Configuration of three points in the upper right corner.

Step 2: then press Configuration in the drop-down menu and scroll down to the section titled Clear browsing data.

Step 3: click on the button Choose what you want to delete.

Step 4: make sure that Cookies and saved data of the website is marked and then click on the button Delete.

To manage how Edge handles cookies, scroll to the bottom of the main configuration menu. You should see Advanced settings. Click on See advanced settings associated. At the bottom, you will find the section cookies With a drop down menu. Your options are to block all cookies, block only third-party cookies or not block them at all (default).

Inside the menu Choose what to delete, you also have the option to delete cookies every time you leave the browser, using the option to toggle under the button Delete.

Opera

While the Opera browser is based on the same base that Google Chrome uses, accessing browser cookie options has a slightly different process.

Step 1: click on red Opera logo in the top left-hand corner

Step 2: Choose Configuration in the drop-down menu and a new tab will open in the browser.

Step 3: click on Privacy & Security in the menu on the left and scroll down to the section cookies which is in the resulting configuration.

Step 4: press the button All cookies and site data.

Step 5: click on the button Remove all to delete all cookies, or select individual cookies and press the cone "X" to eliminate them one by one.

To manage the way Opera handles cookies, on the page Privacy & Security, use the options below the heading cookies to decide if you want cookies to be blocked, deleted at regular intervals or allowed completely.

Applications and Plugins

While browsers make the removal of cookies quite easy, there are also a large number of applications and browser add-ons that can give you a little more control over your cookies.

CCleaner

CCleaner It is a powerful tool that you can download for free and use to clean your excess file system generated by your web browser and other applications. CCleaner has an advantage over traditional web browsers in the cleaning of cookies because you can do it in all areas, rather than only within a particular browser.

AutoDelete cookie

Cookie AutoDelete application screenshot

Cookie AutoDelete automatically delete cookies when you close the tab of your browser, although you can delete them whenever you want. The extension allows you to create and share white lists and gray lists of cookies, which you may want to allow permanently or temporarily. It is available for Chrome and Firefox and is one of the best options to manage cookies automatically.

* Article updated by Rodrigo Orellana on January 7, 2020.

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