How to Clear Your Cookies and Browser History

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer that help to deliver web pages tailored to the user. The data is stored so that information from one visit to a site can be carried over to the next one. If you're concerned about privacy and security while navigating the Internet, it is advisable to clear cookies, as well as one’s browser history, from time to time. Follow the steps below to do so:

Step 1: Open your web browser. In the upper right hand corner, you will see a hamburger menu. Click it.

Step 2: In the drop-down menu that appears, click on History. A separate tab will open.

Step 3: Go to the History tab and click on “Clear browsing data.”

Step 4: A window will pop up in which you can select exactly what you would like to eliminate. You can choose a time frame, from the past hour to since the beginning of time. To clear your cookies, make sure the “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” box is checked. To clear your browsing history, make sure the appropriate box is checked.

Step 5: Click “Clear browsing data.” This clears all of your cookies and browsing history.

Clearing your cookies and browser history can help to ensure that you are protected and secure from things like malware and other viruses. While cookies themselves are not necessarily harmful, any data that they share with third parties could lead to some issues. To protect yourself, follow the above steps to clear your cookies every so often.