Do you know your computer cookies from your digestives? And do you know how to manage them? If not, read on to find out more…
What Exactly is a ‘Cookie’?
A computer ‘cookie’ (also called an HTTP cookie, web cookie, browser cookie or internet cookie) is short for ‘magic cookie’, which is a packet of data that a computer receives and then sends back unaltered whenever you visit a website. This data packet is stored in a file inside your web browser, usually called ‘Cookies’.
What Do Cookies Do?
Cookies help a website to keep track of your online activity. For example, they can store your login information, so that you don’t need to re-input the information each time you visit, and they can keep track of items in your shopping cart (otherwise your cart would reset to ‘empty’ each time you navigated to a new page on the website!).
Do I Need to Manage My Cookies?
Cookies typically expire after some time. However, it’s good practice, both in terms of privacy and performance, to periodically clear your cookies (a browser that stores a lot of information can run more slowly).
It can also help to keep adverts that you see online more relevant. If you suddenly start seeing ads for mountain bikes for example, after your husband has borrowed your laptop, you’ll probably want to clear your cookies! 🚴♂️
How Do I Clear My Cookies?
Different browsers and platforms have different ways of clearing cookies. We will focus here on clearing cookies from the most common Mac (laptop or desktop) browsers: Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
Clear Cookies in Safari
Clear Cookies in Chrome
Clear Cookies in Firefox
You may have noticed several references to clearing your ‘cache’ whilst carrying out any cookie clearance. I will write more about your cache, what it does and how to clear it, in another blog. Watch this space!
Blue Apple Systems Ltd
Unit 6 Alfold Business Centre
Loxwood Road, Alfold
Surrey, GU6 8HP
Blue Apple Systems Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Blue Apple Systems Limited is not a lender, but a licensed credit broker, licensed to introduce borrowers and lenders
for the purposes of entering into short-term leasing agreements. Blue Apple Systems Limited does not
charge customers a fee for using its broker services, but receives a 1.5% to 2% commission from lenders if a customer enters into a consumer credit agreement with a lender following introduction.
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