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Handling Cookies in Internet Explorer

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Handling Cookies in Internet Explorer




This post is actually a reply to a request on another thread for Cookie Handling, but the reply mode in this forum disables the ability to paste pictures function so I have to start a new thread to do it . DUH ! DOH !


First select "tools" in IE then" Internet properties." (see below)




After you select Internet options , select the privacy Tab, then select the Advance Privacy Button and you get:





If you select "Override Automatic Cookie Handling" you can then select accept, Block or prompt for Cookie handling. It is thus possible to block all cookies if you want to.


Be aware that blocking all cookies will cause sites Like Amazon to be unable to process orders for goods until you enable cookies again.


If you select the "Safety" option in Explorer and then  "Webpage Privacy Policy" you get:


WebPage Privacy report.png



I suggest everyone not familiar with this give it a try. It makes for interesting reading seeing just what cookies and who is collecting them on your webpage visits.  If you double click on a particular entry then you can pull up an option screen like below


No Cookies.png



As you can see, here you can block the site from using cookies on your PC.



Users should also be aware that the The Adobe Flash player used to play videos can also collect another type of cookie called a "Flash Cookie"  This type of cookie can contain a lot more information about your browsing habits than the standard cookie.



If you go to Control panel (Win 8.1) and select "System and Security"  then "FlashPlayer" you get:





As you can see, here is where you can Block the use of "Flash Cookies" which is what I do. You might also check the Camera and microphone tab to see if you are allowing use by a website without your knowledge. If you use Skype you will want Camera and Microphone  turned on for the Skype site. If you browse the various setting you can see that there is a large amount of customization that you can do.



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