How to Enable Cookies

Cookies are small pieces or strings of data that websites save on your computer through a browser, for keeping track of certain parameters related to your activity on that site or for other purposes. They enable the web page to become more interactive, by delivering tailor-made pages to users. The web server accesses cookies through the browser to achieve this. There may be inbuilt programming on the page, which enables access to these saved pieces of information, in order to deliver certain functionality to the site.

A cookie file, saved by a web page, is essentially a table of values assigned to specific information parameters that the site needs to access and enables it to deliver dynamic web pages. For example, when you log into a site, your login name, the start of your session time, along with the options that you select on the site, are saved on your computer through the browser. Information about every session can be carried forward to the next with the help of cookies. If you are accessing certain e-shopping sites, then they will carry information about your shopping cart details.

A web page is accessed by millions of users simultaneously. If the server saves all user related information on its side and has to retrieve it every time, the site may slow down. Instead, cookies are saved on the client computer side itself, which enables speedy delivery of pages, from the server side. They can be temporarily or permanently saved on a computer. Some have a ‘self-destruct’ mode and they get deleted, as soon as the browser is closed. So, it is essential that you know how to disable and enable cookies in a browser.

They come in two types: ‘First party’ and ‘Third Party’. First-party cookies belong to the same site which you are visiting, while third-party ones belong to other sites. Generally, the latter are blocked. Cookies may also contain scripts and some of them may be malicious. It is a good practice to enable them in such a way, that the browser asks you whether to save them or not. You can also set up an anti-spyware/malware software which detects such malicious cookies for you. You can also block all of them and allow only specific sites to save them.

Enabling Cookies in Different Browsers

The cookie implementation facility is dependent on the browser, rather than the operating system. There are a plethora of web browsers available now and each varies in its features and settings. The enable/disable option is available in the settings of every browser. Most of the browsers give an option to block specific sites.

Mozilla Firefox

  • To enable them, click on the ‘Tools’ option and click on ‘Options.’
  • A window with various tabs will open. Select the ‘Privacy’ tab. The ‘Firefox will accept Custom settings for history’ option will be selected and you will see a list of check boxes below.
  • Click on the check box which says ‘Accept cookies from sites’. There will be an exceptions tab, where you can specify sites from which you do not want cookies to be saved.
  • To disable third-party cookies, uncheck the box that says ‘Accept third party cookies’.
  • You can also choose the duration for which you want the cookies to be stored through the ‘Keep until’ option.

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the tools tab of IE8 and then select ‘Internet Options’ from the drop down window.
  • A window with various tabs will open. Select the ‘Privacy’ tab and click on the ‘Advanced’ button.
  • The cookie-handling window will open. The check box titled ‘override automatic cookie handling’ must be in a checked state. Look at the options given below.
  • IE8 provides a set of three options – ‘Accept, Block, or Prompt’ for first and third-party cookies. Select the ‘Accept’ option for first-party ones or ‘Prompt,’ and you may choose to block the third-party cookies (recommended) or select the ‘Prompt’ option for them too.

Google Chrome

  • Click on the tools tab, symbolized by a spanner symbol.
  • Next, click on the ‘Options’ in the drop down list.
  • Click on the ‘Under the Hood’ tab. You will see a ‘Cookie Settings’ section. Set the option to either ‘Allow all cookies’ or ‘Restrict how third party cookies can be used’.

Opera

  • Click on ‘Tools’ and select ‘Preferences’. Then go to the ‘Advanced’ tab. Select the ‘Accept Cookies’ option or ‘Accept cookies only from the sites I visit’ (recommended).
  • You can also enable specific site blocking of cookies.

Safari

  • Click on the ‘Tools’ tab in the right hand upper corner, symbolized by a gear.
  • Select the ‘Preferences’ option. Go to ‘Security’ option and in it, select the ‘Always’ or ‘Only the sites I visit’ (recommended) options to enable cookies.

With advanced features available in browsers, you can totally customize your web experience.

Information on the Opera Browser

Is there any way to enhance your web browsing experience? Start using the new Opera browser and you won’t think of switching over to another browser. The browser is loaded with features that will make your Internet browsing more enjoyable. Millions of people worldwide prefer to use Opera than other web browsers. This is because, it is easy to use and can be downloaded without spending a single penny. It stands out from other web browsers because of its unique features that are mentioned below:

Features

Security
While using the Internet, fraudulent websites and malware pose a great threat to your computer. These sites are designed to harm your computer. However, if you have installed this browser on your computer then you don’t have to worry about these sites as the browser can detect such sites. When you try to open a fraudulent site, Opera sends a prior warning conveying you not to open the site. With this browser, one can also decide what cookies to reject and accept. Advanced security features of this browser ensure that any malware (malicious software such as viruses) does not get downloaded without your permission.

Customization
You can customize this browser so as to meet your expectations and needs. There are hundreds of set ups, bookmarklets (buttons), widgets (add-ons) that add functionality to this browser. You can add a menu, customize tool bar buttons, change the layout of Opera and do lots more without much effort. In short, you can modify the browser the way you want to suit your requirements.

Tab Browsing
With this feature, the browser allows multiple tab browsing. In one browser window, you can open several websites. There is absolutely no need to open a new browser window for every site. It is the best way to open multiple websites at once. Each site will now appear as a tab that can be accessed by a single mouse click. You can also drag and drop tabs and change their order. Opera also allows you to save a session of tabs, which means the next time you open the browser, the same tabs that you had closed will open automatically.

Content Blocking
Pop up ads and images are annoying especially when you are opening your favorite site. Opera gives you the freedom to block ads which you don’t want to see. Pop up blocking feature in the browser enables you to selectively disable elements that irritate you. Web pages also load faster when the image button is turned off.

Resize Web Pages
Many Internet users are unable to read the content of web pages as the font is very small. This problem can be solved if the computer has Opera. You can use the browser’s Zoom button to re-size web pages. If you find that a particular web page does not fit your screen because it is too wide, then just click on the button ‘Fit to Width’ to resize the web page to avoid horizontal scrolling.

Quick Find
Many times, users forget the web page where they find useful information such as an article or a website that gives innovative ideas about purchasing gifts. This issue will no longer remain for those who have installed this browser. Quick Find feature allows the browser to remember the titles as well as the addresses of the sites you visit. The content of the web page is also saved.

Speed Dial
Isn’t it frustrating to type the address of the website that you visit frequently? With Speed Dial, your favorite website is just a mouse click away. Speed Dial is a set of bookmarks that you see whenever you open a new tab. You have to just bookmark the web page that you often visit. When the web page is bookmarked, it is not necessary to type its address again and again. For bookmarking a new page, simply click on the empty Speed Dial slot and the browser will give suggestions based on your browsing history.

With Opera offering a plethora of features, it is no wonder that the browser is one of the most preferred browsers to access the Internet world. So, installing it on your computer would certainly be a wise decision.