Cookies lie on your computer, on your smartphone
Make no mistake: you are being tracked.
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And then cookies, are small pieces of data that track your activity online. They are not just hidden in your computer. On your smartphone, cookies save your password and help you log in more quickly, but they can also accumulate a lot more than you do.
Ask yourself: Are cookies worth the cost?
When it comes to cookies, take a good look at your preferences. Do you like the convenience of a browser like Safari or Chrome or the privacy of a browser that does not save cookies at first?
This is a difficult balance to strike, especially given how easy convenient cookies make our browsing experience. They save your login information and monitor your preferences to show you the content you like, but of course, this comes at the cost of your privacy.
The choice is up to you. If you want to empty them, navigate to your smartphone settings. Scroll down to the list of apps. Find your browser and follow the instructions below.
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1. Start with Safari
For Safari on an iPhone, follow these steps:
Open Settings and tap on Safari.
Tap Clear History and Website Data. Apple will tell you, “Clearing will delete history, cookies, and other browsing data.”
Then, tap Clear.
2. Remove Cookies from Chrome
If you are a Chrome user instead, the process is a bit different.
On an iPhone:
Open the Chrome browser and tap the three dots in the bottom right corner and choose Settings.
Now tap on Privacy and then clear browsing data. Check cookies, site data, but uncheck other items.
Then, tap on Clear Browsing Data and tap on Done.
This is also a great way to check what data you want to clear. Notice the option of cached image and files. To make sure it is checked, tap Clear Browsing Data and then confirm your choice.
For Chrome on Android, follow these steps:
· Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet. Tap More, which is to the right of the address bar.
Tap Privacy, then choose Clear browsing data.
To delete everything, select All Time. If you want to remove cookies from a certain period, choose your time limit at the top.
· Check cookies, media license and site data options.
Then, select Clear data and Clear.
3. Clean Firefox
Mozilla, the creator of Firefox, puts privacy front and center. wasBrowser of Cookies tracking blocks by default.
Is a warning. Firefox allows first-party cookies, which are stored by the website you’re visiting.
These cookies allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember your language settings, etc. to personalize your experience. If you want to get them out, here’s how.
On an iPhone:
Open your browser and tap on the three horizontal lines in the lower right corner. From there tap on Settings.
Scroll down to the Privacy section. Click Data Management.
Tap Clear Private Data at the bottom.
You will get a warning dialog box. If you want to clear all the selected data, tap OK.
Note: This will also clear history from your synced devices.
If you use Android, follow these steps:
Tap Menu, then Settings.
From there, tap on Privacy.
Clear now and a new window will appear.
Tap Clear data.
4. Keep your privacy at the center level with Opera
Here is another privacy-focused option that encrypts your data and blocks advertisements.
To clear the cookie, open the browser on your Android or iPhone and tap the Opera icon in the bottom right corner.
From there, hit Settings. Which will take you to a new window.
Scroll down and choose Clear Browser Data. You will then have the option to delete cookies and site data, clear your browsing history, and even change your site’s settings.
Tap on Cookies and Site Data to delete all your cookies.
You will see a new option at the top of the window next to the clear browser data header.
Tap on the Clear button.
For good measure, tap on cached images and files to clear everything that slows down your browser. Then, tap on the Clear button.
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