Every time you log in to a social networking site or purchase an item online, you share your information with the hosting website. This information is stored by the Web browser in the form of cookies. Cookies are packets of data, such as usernames and passwords, that are sent to the browser to be stored for later use. The browser retrieves this data when you revisit the site so you don't have to re-enter your information. However, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox each have settings that help you block cookies.
Click the gears icon in the top right corner of the browser to access the Tools drop-down menu. Click "Internet options."
Click the "Privacy" tab on the Internet Options window.
Move the slider to all the way to the top to block all cookies and click "OK."
Click the Chrome menu button located in the top right corner to access the drop-down menu. Click "Settings."
Click "Show advanced settings." Click the "Content settings" button located in the Privacy section.
Select "Block sites from setting any data" in the Cookies section. Click "OK."
Click the Firefox tab in the top left corner. Click "Options" from the drop-down menu.
Select "Privacy" from the Options window. Select "Use custom settings for history" from the Firefox will drop-down menu.
Uncheck "Accept cookies from sites" and click "OK."
- Some websites require cookies to function correctly. You may not be able to sign in or save data on these Web pages if you disable all cookies.
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