Posted by. Disrupt Tech. November 27, 2021
Do you accept cookies every time you visit a website? Maybe it’s time not to be so hungry for cookies. Your favorite website’s cookie may look like a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but instead of tracking enemies, it tracks you! It may not hurt you, but knows your favorite game & bombard you with gaming ads.
Cookies are highly debatable. It surely helps us automate web searches, loading time, and password auto authentication processes. Without cookies, you would have to retype your password & username every time you visit your favorite website.
When it comes to your privacy and convenience, which one would you choose? Marketers need data to serve you with the right products. On the contrary, your private information is being used to target you with more personalized products & services. How much impact can cookies have on your decision-making? Should you be concerned about privacy invasion? Let’s first dig into cookies and then we’ll move forward to blessings & associated concerns.
When you first visit a website, the site sends a data packet without alteration of information to the host server. Your browser also downloads a file (data-packet) that you can delete after closing the website.
Some believe, the term was inspired by a fictional story named Hansel and Gretel, where they leave a trail of cookie crumbs to find their way back through the forest.
The cookie can have an expiration date. After the expiry, the cookie gets automatically discarded. However, you can delete cookies manually from the ‘settings’ option on your browser. You’ll get to know how to block or delete cookies shortly.
Not all of your friends are ‘friends’, nor all the internet cookies are friendly. Some are just there as a friendly neighborhood spiderman, while others are just spying on you. Let’s look at some criteria of cookies that you usually face on websites.
This means a hacker can’t steal the cookies already stored on your browser.
Cookies are annoying and often risky for online existence. However, cookies were created to increase our user experience with the website. There are several reasons why cookies are important for you;
People around the world are becoming more concerned about privacy. Even though the digital security act may vary from one country to another, European Union (EU) has enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a data privacy law in May 2018. However, websites these days are hardly following the guidelines. Websites are full of ads and we are constantly receiving annoying notifications.
In reality, most cookies are harmless. But supercookies & third-party cookies are almost indistinguishable from the harmless ones. The impacts of third-party cookies can be immense.
Supercookies track your every movement, know where you visited and for how long you stayed. It can create an interlink among your visited websites to analyze your behavior. Criminals can serve you with misleading information to make your stand uncomfortable.
Our attention is being diverted by the constant alerts of notifications. Some make you happy, others make you terrified, stressed & fearful. If your enemy or a psychopath has your behavioral data, he/she can trigger your emotions with pop-up notifications, website ads, and search engine ads.
According to Shanhong Liu, 67% of global computer users use Google Chrome. As two among three users are using Google Chrome, let’s discuss how you can control cookies on the browser.
Click the three-dot icon menu in the upper-right corner to get the Chrome menu, and select More tools > Clear browsing data. In the pop-up box, check off the third and fourth boxes to delete cookies and clear cached images and files.
Type “chrome://settings/content/cookies” in the Omnibox (without the quote marks). Instead of choosing the recommended option, choose ‘Clear Cookies and site data when you quit chrome’. This action will prevent websites from tracking you when you are not browsing. Also, enable ‘Block third-party cookies’ not to get targeted by ads.
What will you do to stop fatigue? Just stop accepting cookies from unknown people. Just say ‘No, I don’t want to’. It’s easy, right? On the internet, no it’s not!
Let’s just admit, our privacy has never been so vulnerable. IoT(Internet of things) devices, third-party websites, cheezy promotional offers & chances of winning a Lamborghini just by donating $5 are very lucrative offers to catch our attention. We as humans make human errors. However, you may follow the following steps every time you use a browser;
♦ Disable Third-party cookies
♦ Delete cookies & site data when you leave the browser
♦ Use VPN (Virtual Private Network) i.e. Express VPN, Shark VPN, Nord VPN, etc.
♦ Use incognito mode
♦ Avoid giving banking card information to an unknown website
Prevention is better than cure. You see, Cookie Monster from Sesame Streets wants your cookie, while the real cookie monsters want to feed you cookies! You better not accept cookies from strangers!