Is it safe to enable cookies?


Should you really enable cookies?

For the web to function, there have to be cookies. They are the inseparable part of the Internet. Not necessarily what’s important for the web should also be of use to us. Along with all the trash that the internet gathers in the form of “cache”, cookies also come with it. But that’s just the way it works. When you use a commodity, you generate waste. Similarly, when you use the internet you generate cookies. To leave the cookies enabled is what brings the junk to your device but cookies are also what gain you access to a website.

What can you do as a user? You can choose what cookies to accept. This eliminates the chances of malicious cookies getting stored on your device that can put your privacy at risk. How safe is it to enable cookies?

Your privacy is at risk once you enable cookies. Cookies store important data like usernames and passwords, which help you log in to accounts without refilling the credentials each time. Since, passwords are sensitive, letting websites remember them is not entirely wise. You can always choose to delete these cookies even if you’ve cookies enabled on your device.

Next time your device lags, make sure you clean up the cookies on your device. Cookies when not deleted for a long time, accumulate and slow down your device, that is, they take up quite a lot of hard drive space. What can you do? Delete the cookies after using a browser.

Unknown sites can be a threat to the information you share online. When you visit a website, the website stores certain data to monitor your activity and online presence to increase their sales. This also happens when you visit websites that contain ads. Third-party cookies are enabled in the process. While some websites collect data for genuine reasons, many malicious websites can collect your information too and sell them to third parties. In this case, there is always a risk of your accounts getting hacked and your personal information getting stolen.

It is however inevitable to not have cookies when you visit a website. It is also not possible to disable cookies all the time. What you can do is monitor what cookies you accept and clean up the trash in regular intervals. Learn the pros and cons of cookies and keep yourself safe.

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