Cookie Control: Browsers and Devices
Establishing a Browser Cookie Control Policy
Open the settings menu and use the Search settings
field to search for “cookies.” This will return the Privacy
settings. You can also find this section by scrolling to the bottom of the settings menu, selecting Show advanced settings
, and locating the Privacy
From the Privacy
settings, select the Content settings
option. By default, all first and third-party cookies are accepted — a setting which Chrome refers to as Allow local data to be set (recommended)
. If you aren’t happy with this policy, alternatives include:
- Keep local data only until you quit your browser: Select this option to accept cookies but the delete them when you exit the browser.
- Block sites from setting any data: Select this option to completely disable all cookies.
- Block third-party cookies and site data: If you don’t want to allow third-party cookies, select this checkbox.
To manage cookies in Firefox open the browser menu, select Options
, and then select the Privacy
tab. In the History
section, select the drop-down menu item to Use custom settings for history
, and then select from the following options:
- Deselect the default option to Accept cookies from sites to completely disable cookies.
- From the Accept third-party cookies drop-down menu you can choose to accept all third-party cookies, only those from sites you’ve visited previously, or block third-party cookies entirely.
- From the Keep until drop-down menu, opt to keep cookies until they expire or delete them when Firefox is closed.
Managing cookies in Microsoft’s newest browser is pretty straightforward. First, open the browser settings menu. Scroll to the bottom and click on View advanced settings
. Scroll to the bottom again and you’ll find a Cookies
drop-down menu. There are three self-explanatory options available in this menu:
- Don’t block cookies (selected by default)
- Block all cookies
- Block only third-party cookies.
Notably absent from this menu is any way to delete cookies each time the browser is closed.
However, you can make that happen by going back to the primary settings menu (click the « button at the top of the Advanced Settings
Next, select the Choose what to clear
button below Clear browsing data
. Select just the Cookies and saved website data
option, and then select the toggle to Always clear this when I close the browser
Managing cookies in IE 9, IE 10, and IE 11 is handled in the same way.
First, open the Internet Options
menu. Next, select the Privacy
tab. From the Privacy
tab, select the Advanced
If you would also like to delete all cookies every time you close Internet Explorer, go back to the General
tab and select the checkbox to Delete browsing history on exit
. Finally, select the Apply
button at the bottom of the Internet Options
menu to save and apply your changes.
Managing Cookies on Your Mobile Device
Managing cookies on mobile devices can vary from the process of managing cookies in a desktop browser.
This is primarily because most mobile operating systems include a native browser. In addition, mobile browsers may not offer all of the same options as their desktop siblings, and this can further complicate matters.
Let’s take a look at managing cookies on iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices.
app, scrolling down and selecting Safari
, and then scrolling down until you see the Block cookies
option. The Block cookies
menu will display four options:
- Always block
- Allow from Current Website Only (first-party cookies)
- Allow from Websites I Visit (default option, allows limited third-party cookies)
- Always Allow.
To delete cookies open the Chrome menu and select Settings
. Scroll down and select Privacy
. Scroll down again and select Clear Browsing Data
. Select the types of data you want to delete, making sure to select Cookies, Site Data
, and then select the option to Clear Browsing Data
Another option for Chrome users on iOS is to browse using an incognito tab, and make sure to close the tab prior to closing the browser. That way, no cookies will ever be stored beyond the current browsing session.
Many Android devices ships with a built-in browser. Unfortunately, these browsers vary from one manufacturer and phone model to the next. As a result, managing cookies in these browsers varies considerably. However, in general, what you need to do is open the browser, find the settings menu, and locate the privacy settings.
. Navigate to Site Settings
and select Cookies
. From this menu you can toggle cookie acceptance on or off, decide whether or not to Allow third-party cookies
Some of the latest Blackberry devices are powered by Android. As a result, managing cookies in those devices will fall under the Android
- Launch the browser and open the browser menu.
- Select Settings and then Privacy and Security.
- From this menu you can toggle cookie acceptance on and off, manage a list of website exceptions, and clear all cookies.