Cookies are of two types mainly:
- First-party cookies
- Third-party cookies
Users can enable and disable the cookies on the web browser they use. The question is, what happens when you enable or disable the cookies? Should you enable or disable the cookies in your web browser? This article will let you know whether you should enable or disable cookies in your web browser.
Every web browser has an option to delete or disable the cookies. You can either turn off or block the cookies or delete them. Deleting all the cookies data on your browser means erasing all the saved information on your browser, like website preferences, account information, etc. Deleting all the cookie data is beneficial when you are using a shared computer. However, disabling or deleting cookies has its own advantages and disadvantages.
For most users letting the browser be at its default settings should be good enough, though!
Advantages of Enabling and Disabling Browser Cookies
1] Convenience is the most significant advantage of enabling cookies. Cookies track users’ data when they surf on the internet and provide them with the benefit of pre-filled information. For example, when you log into your account like Facebook for the first time, you have to enter both username and password. But when you revisit Facebook, it shows your profile username there. Now, you simply have to click on it and enter your password. This is how cookies make web browsing convenient. Websites also track your location in order to serve you better based on the most relevant information in your area. However, you can disable your geolocation.
Read: How to opt-out of Data Tracking & Targetted ads on the Internet.
4] Enabling cookies is the only way that lets websites know the users’ choices so that they can tailor their services and products to enhance the users’ experience.
5] Your login information is stored so that you do not have to log in every time you visit the site. You get logged in automatically.
6] You can protect your privacy by deleting or disabling cookies. If you disable the cookies, the websites that use and store your data via cookies will no longer be able to do so. Apart from this, you can also save your information like saved login usernames, filled forms, etc., from another person on the same device.
7] Without your cookie data, website hosts cannot know how many times you visit their pages. Also, the websites will not be able to prepare your digital persona based on your tracked data.
8] Every time you delete cookie data on your web browser, you will start a new session. Hence, you will see fewer targeted ads.
Disadvantages of Enabling or Disabling Cookies
So is it really true? Do cookies invade the users’ privacy? Cookies allow websites to collect a lot of users’ data. This can become a threat to the users because anyone can access it.
2] The cookies that allow personalization also comes with some risks. Some software have security issues that allow third-parties to access the users’ name, address, and credit card information (if stored in the browser).
3] You will have to log in, again and again, every time you visit the webs service.
Read: How much are you worth online to companies like Google & Facebook?
4] Disabling the cookies makes your web browsing less convenient. When you clear all your cookie data, your web browser won’t be able to remember your site preferences.
5] Disabling or clearing the cookie data will delete your login information and suggestions. Hence, you have to re-enter the information again.
6] Clearing cookies does not eliminate data tracking. Many websites can reconstruct cookies unless you clear all browsing history and cache data. Even then, your data is still at risk due to active fingerprint trackers. If you want, you can also disable browser fingerprinting.
Read: What is Web Tracking?
You have seen the pros and cons of enabling and disabling the browser cookies. If you disable all the cookies, you may face browsing issues. On the other hand, enabling cookies can create a privacy issue. Therefore, we suggest you manage cookies wisely.
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