Pros and Cons of Enabling Cookies and How to Do It

You can choose to enable website cookies on your computer. Learn more about how to do this, as well as how this will affect your browsing.

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer through your browser. These files are sent from web servers of the websites that you visit. These cookies contain information that websites record and save on your hard disk to later on access it when you visit the website again.

Because cookies can record information such as the time of your visit to a website, the browser you used, when your last visit was, your IP address, domains you connected to and other information of the same nature, some people become conscious or concerned for their privacy.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Although cookies are not malware or viruses, they can be used to track your internet activity. There are two types of cookies: the session and the persistent cookies. Session cookies only stay in your browser’s files while the browser is open. Persistent cookies, on the other hand, will remain in your computer’s files even after the browser is closed. Some opt to delete these cookies to keep their web surfing habits private. However, there are pros and cons in doing so.

Cookies exist to help ease your browsing experience. They allow your personal preferences and selections while viewing websites to be saved so that the next time you visit those websites, you won’t have to change the settings again. Some of the websites that require cookies are forums, blogs, shopping carts, chat rooms or home pages of specific websites. If you delete the cookies for privacy reasons or because you want to clean up the temporary internet files in your computer, there will be effects on these kinds of websites. For example, there may be a chance that you won’t be able to view your personal messages in a forum or the topics that you have already seen will not be marked as read; rather, they will be displayed as new topics again.

Guide to Enabling Website Cookies

If you are wondering how to enable cookies, here are the steps for the different browsers.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0/9.0

Select ‘Tools’ then ‘Internet Options’. Open the ‘Privacy’ tab and adjust the slider depending on what categories of cookies you want to allow or block.

Firefox 7.0

Click on ‘Tools’ and select the ‘Options’ menu item. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. You will find an option saying ‘Firefox will:’ and set it to ‘Use custom settings for history’.

Firefox 3.0

Use the ‘Tools’ then ‘Options’ menu item. Choose the ‘Privacy’ tab and customize the settings to your preferences.

Google Chrome 5.0

Click on the ‘Options’ icon and then on the ‘Customize and control’ menu. Open the ‘Under the Bonnet’ tab and under the ‘Privacy’ section, click on ‘Content settings..’. Open the ‘Cookies’ tab and set according to your desired options.

Apple Safari 5.0

Click on ‘Preferences’ on the ‘Settings’ menu. Open the ‘Security’ tab and set the requirements for cookies.