One way to eliminate the amount of data you put out into the world is to update your web browser settings. You can tell Chrome to clear your cookies or personal data created from your online activity after each browsing session automatically. And you can block cookies permanently on Firefox or Safari.
For Google Chrome users
- Open your Google Chrome browser
- Click Chrome at the top left of the tool bar
- Select Preferences
- Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced
- Scroll to Privacy and Security and click on the Content settings option
- Under the Cookies section, select Keep local data until you quit your browser
Now whenever you close a window, Chrome will automatically delete any cookies it might’ve saved during your session. If you only use Google Chrome, you’re done for the day. If you use Safari or Firefox, however, you’ll have to adjust a few more settings.
For Safari users
- Tap Settings, Safari, then tap Block All Cookies
- It’s a good idea to delete your history and past cookies as well. In the Safari section of Settings, tap Clear History and Website Data
For Firefox users:
- Click the Firefox hamburger menu and choose Content Blocking
- Select the Third-party Cookies box to block third-party tracking cookies
- If you want to block all third-party cookies, click the All third-party cookies (may cause websites to break) option
With the big three browsers taken care of, you should be good to go! As long as these settings have been properly adjusted, advertisers won’t be able to track your activity as you surf the web. If you’re looking for more ways to stay off the grid, check out our other insights.
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