While regular cookies for websites can be stored securely and used by the end user for a generally smoother browsing experience, there is an ongoing debate about how intrusive some really are, And this discussion specifically applies to third-party cookies.
The latter category is primarily used by a third-party (hence the name) that places cookies on the website you are accessing. Platforms such as advertisers use this method to tailor their ads around your normal Internet activity, and as such, you reasonably do not want such companies to be able to track and access such sensitive data.
In fact, even Google has acknowledged the position, with the company now developing new technologies in the form of a privacy sandbox to “protect you from cross-site tracking while preserving the open web.” .
In any case, let’s see how to avoid third-party cookies in each browser.
How to Disable Third-Party Cookies in Google Chrome
step 1: Google provides a built-in feature that automatically blocks all third-party cookies. To enable it, click Three point drop-down menu next to your user profile icon, and then select Adjustment,
step 2: select the Privacy & Security field and then select Cookies and other site data,
step 3: select the block third-party cookies alternative.
How to Deactivate Third-Party Cookies in Firefox
step 1: select the drop down menu button (three little lines) in the top right of the browser, select Adjustmentand then choose Privacy & Security alternative.
step 2: The Standards section selected by default already offers a feature called Total Cookie Protection, which means “trackers can’t use them to follow you between sites.”
However, to effectively disable all third-party cookies, there is another option to ensure that no external cookies are enabled.
to select custom, inside cookies drop-down menu, select All third-party cookies (can cause web sites to break),
If a website really requires third-party cookies to function adequately, Firefox provides an easy solution to whitelist a site. Adjacent to the URL bar is a shield icon. press Enhanced tracking protection is turned on for this site Button to disable the feature for a specific site.
How to Disable Third-Party Cookies in Microsoft Edge
With Internet Explorer being phased out in favor of Edge, let’s take a look at how to disable third-party cookies in the upgraded Microsoft browser.
step 1: select the Three point Click More in the top-right of the edge Adjustment,
step 2: select the Cookies and Site Permissions option and then select Manage and delete cookies and site data Farm.
step 3: turn on switch for block third-party cookies,
Alternatively, within Privacy, Search and Services tab, there’s a Harsh option you can enable inside tracking prevention The section that blocks “most trackers from all sites” and protects you from “known harmful trackers”.
How to Disable Third-Party Cookies in Internet Explorer (Windows 10)
If you’re still using Internet Explorer, there’s still a way to disable third-party cookies.
step 1: select the Adjustment icon in the top-right and select internet options Installation.
step 2: to select privacy , advanced , block In the Third-Party Cookies section. press Ok button to confirm the change.
How to Disable Third-Party Cookies in Safari
Apple’s web browser for its macOS ecosystem, Safari, requires no change from the user. The company has upgraded its browser to block all third-party cookies by default.
Useful extensions for extra privacy
Disabling third-party cookies can go a long way in consolidating your privacy settings. But there are additional ways to enhance your privacy even further, namely through the use of extensions. We all use them for ad-blocking purposes and similar purposes, but adding a few privacy-focused ones can give you an extra layer of security.
Privacy Badger is an extremely effective privacy-focused extension. Compatible with both Chrome and Firefox, it automatically detects and blocks trackers by analyzing their behavior. If trackers track you after you don’t ask, Privacy Badger’s algorithm adds them to the block list.
HTTPS Everywhere is another extension that bolsters your online security. The extension, which is available with every major browser, encrypts your connection to a given website by automatically adding the HTTPS protocol.
If Google Chrome is your default browser, be sure to check out our guide on five easy ways to dramatically increase security in Chrome.