If you’re tired of companies tracking you across the Web, it’s time to clear your browser’s cookies.
Frequently used to identify unique visitors of a website, cookies come in two different varieties: the session kind, which disappear when you close your browser, and the persistent kind, which remain on your computer until their expiration dates are reached.
While cookies, along
with browsing history, help browsers speed up sessions, they are potentially dangerous. For example, if attackers steal cookies, they can steal your personal information.
1. Stop Websites From Tracking You.
Once you delete cookies and your browsing history, you will prevent websites and third-parties from following you around the web across multiple sites. By deleting your history, you make it very difficult for websites and other entities to identify and track you.
2. Strengthen Your Web Experience.
If you encounter bugs when a website is loading, the problem might be caused by you having cached an older version of the site — one that might clash with a new feature or update that affects how the site functions.
To avoid buggy and possibly risky experiences, clear your cache routinely to ensure you’re accessing the most current version of websites you visit often.
3. Create Safe Passwords.
Most people know to change their passwords often but it is less-commonly known that changing them can be problematic if you don’t clear your cookies. Failure to do so could prevent a website from authenticating you for one or more of its services and, worse yet, can give hackers access to your computer and personal information.
To take your internet safety a bit further, here are some tips for securing your web browser.