A cookie is a file in a web browser which stores personalized data of visitors when they arrive at a particular website. When the same visitor arrives to website the next time he will see his personalized version of the website. When a visitor visits again the data from the cookie is retrieved. Cookie is usually used by websites to save a visitors login information visited pages, recent purchases, etc. Cookies are not executable programs; they merely store the data of the visitors. Nowadays, many websites require cookies to be enabled for a user to browse the website.
To enable and disable cookies in Google Chrome:
1) Click on Chrome menu icon on the right side top of your browser window.
2) Click on “Settings”.
3) Click on “Show advanced settings…” at the bottom of the page.
4) Click on “Content settings” under “Privacy”.
5) Select option “Allow local data to be set (recommended)” under cookies to enable the cookies.
6) To disable all cookies select option “Block sites from setting any data”.
7) To disable third party cookies select option “Block third party cookies and site data”.
8) If you wish that cookies should be stored only until you close the browser window then select option “Keep local data only until I quit my browser”.
To enable and disable cookies in Mozilla Firefox:
1) Click on “Tools” option from the top of browser window.
2) Click on “Options”.
3) Select “Privacy” tab.
4) Select “Use custom settings for History” for drop down menu “Firefox will:”.
5) Check option “Accept cookies from sites” to enable cookies. Deselect option to disable cookies.
6) For enabling third party cookies, check option “Accept third-party cookies”
7) Click on “OK”.