If you surf the web, then you must have heard the term- cookies. A lot of people don’t understand the meaning of cookies and how they work. Cookies are small files in text format that are created and stored by the websites you visit in your web browser. Whenever you visit the same page, your web browser will send a cookie, and the web page will identify you as a user. As a result, you will not have to sign in every time, and the browsing experience gets smoother and faster in your web browser.
These text files contain the login passwords, statistics, and other data so that it can use this information to identify the user, storing the personal preferences by monitoring the user’s session on the particular web page. Also, the cookies even manage the advertisements in which you as a user were interested, and it will keep rotating the ads interesting for you. Sometimes, the pop-up related to cookies policy arrives on the screen, indicating that the cookies will collect the data and some information.
It is possible to mistake cookies as spyware or malicious entities, but these text format files are nothing but the text files which only work to enhance the experience of browsing the web page. But some users prefer to clear the cookies cache as these take a lot of disk space and track the history of visits which people don’t feel comfortable with. In that situation, clearing the cookies from the web browser is beneficial so let’s see how to clear web browser cookies on Mac.
Clearing cookies from different web browsers on Mac
Clear Cookies in Safari
- Open the Menu bar and go to the Safari web browser.
- Click Preferences and select Privacy tab from the upper menu bar.
- Now, click Manage Website Data.
- Click Remove All at the bottom of the window opened.
Clearing Cookies in Chrome
- Open Chrome and click the hamburger icon.
- Now, select Settings from the menu.
- Click Show Advanced Settings and select Privacy.
- In privacy settings go to Clear Browsing Data.
- Check the Cookies and other site and plug-in data.
- Finally, select Clear Browsing data.
Clearing Cookies in Firefox
- Open the menu and then click Firefox.
- Select Preferences and go to Privacy.
- In the History section, select Firefox will drop down button.
- Now, click Use Custom settings for history.
- Select Cookies in the list and then click Remove All option.
The cookies are advantageous and disadvantageous as well, but removing it from the cache and maintaining the storage system for other application could boost up your Mac.
James Thomas is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber-security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.