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Stay clear of online scams and secure your Internet privacy with the safety precautions in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A web browser
Know what cookies are
Know that cookies are bits of information your web browser stores on your computer. They let web sites keep track of your preferences – choices you've made or sites you've visited – so they can personalize their appearance or functionality.
Know where cookies come from
Cookies may be set on your computer, not just by the sites you visit but also by sites referenced in unseen code. Such "third-party" cookies are often set by advertisers.
Manage cookies in Internet Explorer
Click Internet Options and select the Privacy tab. Choose one of the preset privacy levels, which allow cookies based on the privacy policies of sites that set them and whether they are first- or third-party sites.
Manage cookies in Firefox
Select Tools, Options, and then Privacy. Choose to accept or block all cookies or only third-party cookies. If you accept cookies, click Exceptions to enter specific sites you don't want to set cookies on your system.
Manage cookies in Safari
Select Edit and then Preferences. Choose to accept cookies Always, Never, or Only from Sites You Navigate To. The default setting blocks only third-party cookies.