What is a Cookie?

It is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie is sent back to the website by the browser to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past.

Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. Below we outline how to change the settings of your browsers cookies.

Cookie Info

All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.
Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Users can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered. The main browser types are listed below.

Google Chrome

Click on the "Tools" menu and select "Options".
Click the "Under the Bonnet" tab and locate the "Privacy" section, and choose the "Content settings" button.
Click the "Cookie settings" tab and choose your preferred settings.

Google Chrome allows all cookies by default, but you can restrict the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.

Click on the Close button when you've finished.

Internet Explorer 8.0

Choose Tools and then Internet Options
Click the Privacy tab
Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.

For more specialised cookie settings click on Advanced, check the 'Override cookie handling' button and modify the settings to suit your requirements.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)
Select Privacy
Select Cookies.
Choose your preferred settings (You can configure which sites are allowed to set cookies, how long to keep them for, and view and manage your existing cookies.).

Safari 1.0

Choose Preferences from Safari menu
Select Security icon
Cookie settings are shown in window
Choose your preferred settings