On the 25th May 2012, the Cookie Directive comes into force, to give Internet users more privacy.
Cookies are small text files, which websites store on your computer when you first visit them. When you return, they can use the cookies to see if you’ve visited before or if you’ve changed any settings on the website, such as using a larger font.
First Party Cookies
This is a cookie which is used by the website you are visiting. For example, if you visit www.domain.com, it will save a cookie on your computer. Only www.domain.com can read this cookie.
Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are cookies which are not set by the website you are visiting. For example, when you visit a website which has advertisement banners, the adverts are set by another website and a third-party cookie is used.
Instead of waiting for the Cookie Directive to come in, you can turn cookies off in your browser.
This article explains how to turn first and third party cookies off in; Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.
All browsers were the latest and most up to date version at the time of publishing. (24th April 2012)
- 1. Open Google Chrome.
- 2. Click on the wrench icon on the upper right hand side of the toolbar.
- 3. Select ‘settings’.
- 4. Click ‘Under the Hood’ from the panel on the left of the screen.
- 5. Select ‘Content settings…’
- 6. To block cookies entirely select ‘Block sites from setting any data’.
- 7. If you just want to block third party cookies, ads etc, click ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’.
Safari is kind enough to block third-party and advertisement cookies as a standard, so if that’s all you want to block then you don’t need to do anything.
To remove all other cookies;
- 1. Open Safari.
- 2. Click the settings icon, which looks like a cog, at the top right hand side of the toolbar.
- 3. Click ‘Preferences’, which is near the bottom of the page.
- 4. Choose the ‘Privacy’ tab.
- 5. Select Block cookies: Always
Internet Explorer has various cookie settings; block all cookies, high, medium high, medium, low and accept all cookies. It explains exactly what all of these settings mean, so you can choose the right one for you.
- 1. Open Internet Explorer.
- 2. Click the settings icon, which looks like a cog, which can be found at the top right hand side of the toolbar.
- 3. Click on ‘Internet Options’.
- 4. Choose the ‘Privacy’ tab.
- 5. Under the heading ‘Settings’ you will see a slider with the settings mentioned above. The block all cookies, select the top setting.
- 1. Open Firefox.
- 2. Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of the browser window.
- 3. Then select ‘Options’.
- 4. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab.
- 5. Next to the words ‘Firefox will’ is a drop down menu, click that and select ‘Use custom settings for history’.
- 6. This will load some extra options beneath. To prevent cookies from being used untick the box that says ‘Accept cookies from sites’. If you just want to block third-party cookies untick the box which says ‘Accept third-party cookies’.
- 1. Open Opera.
- 2. Click the ‘Opera’ icon at the top left hand side of the browser.
- 3. Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Preferences…’.
- 4. Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and choose ‘Cookies’ from the panel on the left hand side.
- 5. To block all cookies, select ‘Never accept cookies’. To block third-party cookies select ‘Accept only cookies from the site I visit’.
- 6. Press ‘Ok’.
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