This guide will show you step by step instructions on how to disable cookies in Firefox browser.
These screenshots are taken in Firefox on Windows, however, the process is pretty much identical on Mac and Linux based computers.
1. Click on the “Menu” button.
Look for it in the top-right corner your Firefox browser, often presented by three horizontal lines.
A drop-down menu with a lot of available options will be displayed.
2. Click on the “Options” item.
Look for it at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
The drop-down menu will now disappear and you will see a “Settings” page.
3. Click on the “Privacy & Security” link.
The “Privacy & Security” link will be displayed on the left side of the page.
A “Browser Privacy” page will now be displayed.
6. Disable cookies.
There are 3 sections displayed on this page that you may choose from to tell your Firefox browser how to handle and manage cookies.
A simple way to disable all tracking and third-party cookies in Firefox browser is by selecting a Strict option. It enables websites to store cookies on your computer and makes it possible for you to browse the internet without experiencing issues with websites that require cookies.
If you would like to block only some types of cookies, you may switch to the Custom section that gives you some additional choices.
To block cookie access for domains that have been classified as trackers, you may enable the Trackers setting. Any website and service classified as a tracker will not able to save or access cookies when loaded in a third-party context.
Further down we have the Cookies setting can be set to one of the following options to specify what type of cookies you would like to block out:
- Third-party trackers – turning on this setting will allow any website you visit directly to save cookies but prevent any third-party trackers from being able to do the same.
- Cookies from unvisited websites – this will allow only the websites you’re currently on or have visited in the past to have cookie access. Any other website or service will not be able to do so.
- All third-party cookies – turning on this setting will allow any website you visit directly to save cookies but prevent any third-party services and websites (typically advertisers) from being able to do the same. For example, if you visit forbes.com it will be able to store cookies on your computer but any third-party services serving ads on their website will not be able to store and manage cookies on your computer.
- All cookies – this setting will block all cookies and not allow any websites to save or access them.
And finally, if you scroll down the page, you will see another setting called Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed.
Consider turning it on to automatically clear all cookies from your computer the moment you close your browser. While it will not eliminate advertisers and other servers from being able to track you, it will certainly make it more difficult and provide you with a bit more privacy. Keep in mind that enabling this setting will require you to re-enter information that would otherwise normally be “remembered” by cookies (such as your login details or shopping cart items).