It happens to all of us — almost every time we use the internet, in fact. You type in a website, and, as soon as you’re on the homepage, you’re asked: “Would you like to enable cookies?” As annoying as this message can be, it still needs to be answered. But what exactly are cookies and when should you be enabling them?
Also known as an HTTP cookie or browser cookie, a cookie is a piece of data that’s stored on your computer whenever you visit a website. When enabled, the website will remember your preferences and any small changes you made during your last visit.
For example, enabling cookies in an online store means it won’t empty your basket if you close the browser. When you want to log in to a site and find that your username is already autofilled, that’s the work of a cookie. The point of the cookie is to make your browsing session smoother. Many people are willing to accept cookies because they’re just so convenient.
There are several types of cookies with different roles, but we can divide them into 2 categories: first-party cookies and third-party cookies.
There is another type of cookie that's worth mentioning — although it isn’t technically a cookie. The super cookie isn’t stored locally like all other cookies — it is inserted by your ISP. It will then track your data, which can be sold on to third-parties. Ad blockers don’t stop them. They can restore the data of deleted cookies, and you can’t just delete them. Luckily, NordVPN will completely disable your ISP's tracking capabilities.
Despite the risks that come with cookies, some websites still heavily rely on them. Disabling cookies entirely will log you out of all your accounts and could prevent you from using online services. Instead of disabling them, you should get in the habit of regularly clearing your cookies.
If you don’t mind logging in every time you want to access a particular service, then turn your cookies off. Just be aware that you may have to turn on cookies every now and then to use a website’s full features.
Luckily, many browsers follow similar design formats and the method for turning off cookies is simple. These guides will explain how to allow cookies and how to disable cookies. Learning how to enable cookies is an easy to remember process, with very few steps.
If it wasn’t obvious from the repeat warnings of all the above browsers, surfing with all cookies disabled may have a detrimental effect on your experience. Ultimately, it’s your choice, but, with the threat of undetectable ISP super cookies tracking us, we recommend you browse with a VPN.
NordVPN prevents any and all tracking software that your ISP will try to sneak into your network. You deserve to browse the internet in peace, without the fear of your data being sold on to third parties.
NordVPN also has the Threat Protection feature. It helps you identify malware-ridden files, stops you from landing on malicious websites, and blocks trackers and intrusive ads on the spot.
Start using VPN encryption today and browse in private.