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Anyone who uses the internet knows that, from every which way, they’re being tracked. That’s the catch about the internet: it’s free, but not really because your data is constantly being used for the sake of profit. Most of the time, it’s for perfectly harmless purposes, but in the age of consumer privacy concerns, there are ways to ensure that even marketers can’t continue to track you. So, to help you begin protecting your online activity, below, we’ll answer the question: How can I delete cookies from my computer?
For more information about computer cookies, check out our other articles explaining whether cookies slow down your computer or how to disable cookies. And for more info on consumer privacy, we have a great guide on creating a CCPA data deletion request.
It’s possible to delete cookies for select websites and deny specific websites from issuing cookies.
When you visit a website with your computer or mobile device, a small file is transferred from your web browser to your device. This file is a cookie, and it’s there so that the website can record your history and keeps track of your online habits. This way, it knows the right time and place to serve your ads.
Overall, tracking web behavior optimizes a user’s experience because it tailors the internet session closer to their liking rather than serving a random gumbo of advertisements and recommended content.
However, periodically clearing your cookies ensures you limit the amount of information being shared. It’s also essential to clear cookies whenever you’ve been searching or transferring sensitive data.
The process of clearing cookies is straightforward but slightly different for each browser. Below, we’ve outlined the deletion process for many of the most common web browsers.
Failing to delete your cookies on a routine basis can result in slower computer processing speeds.
STAT: The first internet computer was implemented in 1994 by an engineer at Netscape. (source)