How to enable cookies

Written by april kohl
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How to enable cookies
Online stores use cookies to store login and shopping cart information, so you will need to enable cookies to use them. (online buying image by Suprijono Suharjoto from

Cookies are small files that live on your computer and store information about your use of websites. Most websites that use cookies have them set up to store your login information so you are not constantly asked for your username and password while making use of the site. If you are having problems with a website forgetting your details, knowing how to enable cookies may help resolve the problem.

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  1. 1

    Open Mozilla Firefox. Select the “Tools” menu from the right-hand side of the menu bar. Select “Options” from the drop-down menu. When the options window appears, select the “Privacy” tab. Select “Use custom settings for history” from the “Firefox will:” options box. Tick the “Accept cookies from sites” check box. Click “OK” to save your new settings.

  2. 2

    Open Internet Explorer. Select the “Tools” menu from the menu bar and select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu. Select the “Privacy” tab and click on the “Default” button. Lower the settings slider to the “Medium” level or lower. This will enable cookies on all sites. Click the “OK” button. Your new settings will now be saved.

  3. 3

    Open Safari and select the “Preferences” option from the “File” or “Safari” menu, depending on your operating system. “Click” security to view your browser's security settings. Select either “Always” or “Only from sites I visit” from the “Accept cookies” options list. Close the preferences window to save your new settings.

Tips and warnings

  • Cookies are turned on by default in most Web browsers, so you will generally not have to manually enable them unless you are either having problems with automatic logins or storing items in an online store's shopping cart. Nevertheless, you can always check your settings without making or saving any changes, if you want to be sure you have cookies enabled.
  • Some websites and advertisers use cookies to track your online activity, either for marketing or other more underhand purposes. To prevent this, choose to block cookies from third parties unless there is no option to do so. To maintain online security, delete your cookies regularly and use an anti-virus or advert blocker program to routinely clean your computer of these “tracking cookies”.

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