Cookie Settings in Mozilla® Firefox®
What is cookie? How can we use and manage cookies in Mozilla Firefox?
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to give you the most out of your time online. The cookies are tiny bits of information that the browser can remember for a website. Mozilla Firefox saves the cookies in text file on the hard drive. By using these you may be able to surf the Internet easily. There are some companies which utilize the cookies to track your browsing details. In the case of Mozilla Firefox web browser, you can selectively allow and not allow the cookies. It is seen that the Mozilla Firefox saves the cookies in a type of file called cookies.txt. If these cookies are present in the system, they will occupy the system space, thereby decreasing the system performance.
Following are the important points related to cookie settings in Mozilla Firefox:
- Cookie Settings
- Cookie Manager
- Cookie Exceptions
There are many options for set cookies in Mozilla Firefox. To access the cookie settings, select 'Tools', 'Options' and 'Privacy'. You have to check the option 'Allow Sites to set cookies'. From the 'Keep Cookies' drop down menu, select 'Ask me every time'. This will make you to answer yes or no. When you will open any website, it will ask whether to set cookies or not. For every website, you have to select it only once. You need to make sure that 'Use my choice for all cookies from this site' is checked.
Cookie Manager in Mozilla Firefox makes you view what and which all sites have been set with the cookies and all the details of those cookies. You can open Cookie Manager after clicking the 'View Cookies' button. Here, you will see all the currently set cookies. The benefit of this Cookie Manager is that you are able to remove unwanted cookies, temporarily or permanently. The browser then block these cookies. In order to remove the cookies, you can click the 'Stored Cookies' option in Cookie Manager. Then click 'Remove Cookie' button.
Cookie Exceptions of Mozilla Firefox helps you to remove the cookies by providing you an option to either block or allow cookies from a particular website. In order to configure the blocking and allowing of cookies in certain websites, you can click the 'Exceptions' button. In the 'site permissions dialog', you can add a site by entering the URL address to the field shown in orange color. Now select 'Block' to block that site from setting the cookies. You can then choose 'Allow for session' and click 'Allow', for allowing cookies for that site respectively.
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