Cookies Control in Firefox

Firefox Cookie ControlWebsite cookies are things that most people don’t worry about. However, it is important to know what they are used for and how you can control what information they store about out.  Cookies are small files stored on your computer (placed there by websites) so that they can remember certain settings or statuses.  By default, cookies are enabled in Firefox.

How can you change your cookie settings in Firefox? To change your cookie settings:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.

If you click the check mark box under the “Tracking” section, you can tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. I have covered that in a previous article: How to Stop Website Tracking in Firefox

Under “History” you have the option to remember past websites you’ve visited, not to remember websites you’ve visited or a custom history setting.  When Firefox remembers your browsing history, it keeps track of form and search history, websites you’ve visited, downloads and cookies.

Last but not least, if you scroll down a little lower you will see the option to “Accept cookies from sites”. This allows you to control if specific websites can track you or not.  You can also accept cookies until:

  • Keep until: they expire: Each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date, which is set by the site that sent the cookie.
  • Keep until: I close Firefox: The cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed when Firefox is closed.
  • Keep until: ask me every time: Displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.

When you are done with your cookie changing, always be sure to hit the “OK” button at the bottom of the options window to save your changes.  What type of cookie tracking changes do you like to make?

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2 Responses to Cookies Control in Firefox

  1. Transcontinental Dec/27 at 12:25 pm #

    I forbid cookies globally and authorize them on a per-site approach with ‘CS Lite Mod’ add-on.
    Unfortunately too many sites (big places mainly) add a cookie even when not required for user’s benefit, You just cannot move around without being “spotted” ! I clear the history and the very few cookies even throughout a session, if the cookies are no longer required. Cleaning cookies in Firefox also cleans Flash cookies, so that’s another real good point for Firefox.

    I forbid all transactions with Facebook, via hosts file and Adblock Plus, I forbid cookies to Google unless I need to log in. I’m not paranoid, only exasperated :)

    This is only a part of my castle !

    Indeed many users never clean neither history nor cookies nor cache. I just went through a friend’s computer which had never been wiped ever since he bought it : a-ma-zing the amount of data, took the computer like 30 seconds to clean all three !

    • Mitch Jan/17 at 7:31 am #

      That is also a good route to go too – like the CS Lite Mod add-on. :)