Cookies are packets of data sent to a computer by an Internet server which returned by the browser each time you visit same site using the same computer. For example, on the log in page on Twitter you will see a checkbook that reads something like “remember me.” Putting a check on that box means that the next time you visit twitter using same computer or smartphone, you will not need to log in. That’s what cookies does.
While cookies are arguably for easy access to our favorite websites, they can also be used to gather information about the user. This could include name, email, password, etc. So you may want to always delete your browser cookies to avoid being followed. Today, we will do so using Safari browser.
How To Delete Cookies and Saved Data on the Mac
1. Select Preferences from the Safari menu or hold down the Command key and the comma key at the same time
2. Go to the Privacy tab.
3. Click the Remove All Website Data button to remove all stored website data, or skip to step 5 to remove data on a site-by-site basis.
4. Click Remove Now to confirm. Note, as Safari warns you, this could log you out of sites and perhaps also change how they function. For example, instead of getting tailored ads on the site, you’ll be served generic ones.
5. To remove stored data by site, click the Details button.
6. Select the sites with stored data you want to remove. Hold down the Command key to select multiple sites.
7. Click Remove.
8. Click Done. Alternatively, you can click the Remove All button to delete all of the sites’ cookies and stored data. Safari will ask you to confirm your choice:
How To Delete Cookies and Web History in Safari in iOS
Clear your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari on your iPad or iPhone.
1. Open the Settings app and tap Safari.
2. Tap Clear History and Website Data. If you’re using iOS
7 or earlier, the menu is slightly different: Tap “Clear History” and “Clear Cookies and Data”.
3. Tap Clear to confirm.
4. Tap Advanced back in the Safari Settings window to clear other stored website data.
5. Tap Website Data.
6. Tap Remove All Website Data. Alternatively, you can click the Edit link at the top right and then delete individual sites’ data by tapping the minus sign next to the site names.
The process is similar in other browsers too. Hope this helps!