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Where Do I Find Cookies on My Computer

Updated on October 8, 2012
Where do I find cookies?
Where do I find cookies?

So you are asking the question “Where do I find Cookies”? No doubt this question has come up because you are curious to see who may be tracking you web search history and behavior. If you are not that familiar with “cookies” they files that are written to your hard drive by the websites you visit. They are intended to store your browsing information such that your site preferences, profile information and other tracking data may be gleaned. There are generally two types of cookies. Type one is the first-party cookie which is written by a site that you have actually visited. The second is a third-party cookie which comes from sites other than those you have visited. These cookies can include intrusive items like ads or images and are normally consider a nuisance. Because cookies allow sites to track your browsing history and behavior, it is important that you understand what has been downloaded to your machine, and by whom.

No matter the flavor of browser you choose, it does store cookies that allow for the tracking of your internet activity. The largest browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple’s Safari all have temporary directories which house the cookies that are written to your hard drive. Each browser is unique in terms of where you will find the cookies, but they are all relatively straight forward, and they are each explained here.

Where do I find Cookies in Internet Explorer?
Where do I find Cookies in Internet Explorer?

Where do I find Cookies – Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Open your Internet Web browser

2. Click on "Tools" from the main toolbar and select "Internet Options"

3. Click "Settings" under "Browsing History"

4. Click "View Files" located in the "Temporary Internet Files" box. From there, a window will open which contains a long list of files. These files are the cookies that have been written onto your computer

Where do I find Cookies in Foxfire?
Where do I find Cookies in Foxfire?

Where do I find Cookies – Foxfire

1. Open your Foxfire Internet Web Browser

2. Locate the “Tools” tab and select “Options

3. Locate the "Privacy" tab and click

4. You should then see "Show Cookies" which you will click. From there, a box will appear with a list that contains of all the cookies that have been written in the Firefox browser

Where do I find cookies in Google Chrome?
Where do I find cookies in Google Chrome?

Where do I find Cookies – Google Chrome

1. Open your Google Chrome Internet Browser

2. Click the wrench icon located in the upper-right corner of the toolbar

3. Select “Settings”

4. Select the “Show advanced settings” link

5. Click “Content settings” button located under the “Privacy” area

6. Hit the “All cookies and site data” button

7. The list that is displayed will contain all of the cookies written to your Chrome browser

Where do I find cookies in Opera
Where do I find cookies in Opera

Where do I find Cookies – Opera

1. Open your Opera Internet Browser.

2. Find “Advanced” and hover over it

3. A drop-down menu will appear; click “Cookies” from that menu

4. A list will then appear; in that list you will find all of the cookies that have been written to your Opera browser

Where do I find Cookies – Apple Safari

Safari 5.1 and later

1. Open your Safari Internet Browser.

2. In the Safari browser menu select “Preferences”

3. From there, click “Privacy”

4. Find and click “Details”

5. From the list that is provided you will be able to see your cookies

Safari 5.0.x and earlier

1. Open your Safari Internet Browser.

2. Find and select “Preferences”

3. The “Preferences” window will be displayed; in that window click “Security

4. To view your cookies, click “Show Cookies”

5. A sheet will then drop down which will contain your cookies

Final thoughts on cookie management

No matter which browser you use, it is not a bad idea to keep tabs on who is tracking you with cookies. While cookies do not cause viruses or enable malware, they do allow your web behavior to be tracked, and in many cases that do so without you implicit permission. As a result, it is always a good idea to periodically audit the cookies that have been downloaded your machine, and perhaps delete those that are from sites that you do not frequent. As a part of any computer maintenance schedule, managing your cookies is simply a prudent measure to take in managing your online privacy.


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