How To Remove Tracking Cookies

Cookies are an extremely useful technology that allows websites to remember user-related information, such as account usernames, shopping cart contents and much more. Cookies also help sites load faster saving precious time for the user. Unfortunately, one iteration of this technology called tracking cookies is used by advertisers to monitor the browsing activities of users across the Web effectively. Most modern browsers have built-in features preventing undesired tracking cookies from activating, while some countries have implemented laws requiring each website to display the various cookies it delivers. 

Mac users who have older Web browsers or just recently upgraded to a newer version may have such tracking cookies present on their devices. The process of eliminating them varies depending on the specific browser. We will describe how to remove tracking cookies from the three most widely-used browsers on Mac - Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

Removing tracking cookies from Safari

  1. Open Safari and go to the 'Preferences' menu.
  2. Select the 'Privacy' tab.
  3. Open 'manage Website Data.'
  4. To delete all saved cookies, first select 'Remove All,' and then click on 'Remove Now.'

Removing tracking cookies from Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and type/paste chrome://settings/content/cookies into the address bar.
  2. Click on 'See All Cookies and Site Data.'
  3. Select 'Remove All' the delete all cookies or choose the specific cookie type that you wish to remove. 

Removing tracking cookies from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and type/paste about:preferences into the address bar.
  2. Select 'Privacy & Security' from the options on the left.
  3. Go to 'Cookies and Site Data.'
  4. Click on 'Clear' to remove all cookies.
  5. If you wish to fine-tune the removal process, go to 'Manage Permissions' and then via 'Exceptions' select which site's cookies should be exempt from the removal process.