Block third-party cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Internet Explorer

Block third-party cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Internet Explorer

Cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies have their origins on other domains than the website you visit. Most of the time, third-party cookies are used by ad services to offer you targeted ads that are based on your browsing history and your web searches. However, these cookies can raise privacy concerns as they can also be used to store your browsing history across websites that use the same ad services. This privacy concern is the reason why, in this article, we show you how to disable third-party cookies in all the major web browsers for Windows: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer. Let's get started:

What does it mean to block third-party cookies?

When you visit any website, including Digital Citizen, at least one cookie is stored on your PC with the help of your web browser. This cookie is used to store details about your visit and your preferences so that you can browse the website without issues.
Most websites also store third-party cookies on your PC, from other websites and services. For example, they may use Google Analytics (used for analyzing the traffic of the website), Google AdSense (used to deliver ads on the website that you are visiting) and Facebook (used to provide you with access to like buttons or share buttons). Blocking third-party cookies in your web browser can stop some types of tracking by advertisers and other third-party entities. This blocking increases your user privacy.

How to block third-party cookies in Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, click or tap on the "Customize and control Google Chrome" button from the top-right corner of the window. It looks like three dots arranged vertically. In the menu that opens, go to Settings.
Open Settings in Google Chrome
Open Settings in Google Chrome
Scroll down and click or tap Advanced at the bottom of the window.
Open advanced settings in Google Chrome
Open advanced settings in Google Chrome
After you click Advanced, scroll down to "Privacy and security," and click or tap "Content settings."
Open Content settings in Google Chrome
Open Content settings in Google Chrome
You see a long list of permissions, split by type. Choose Cookies.
Open Cookie settings in Google Chrome
Open Cookie settings in Google Chrome
Now you see settings for how Google Chrome handles cookies. Set the "Block third-party cookies" switch to On, like in the screenshot below.
Block third-party cookies in Google Chrome
Block third-party cookies in Google Chrome
Close the Settings tab and, from now on, Google Chrome blocks all third-party cookies.

How to block third-party cookies in Mozilla Firefox

In Mozilla Firefox, click or tap the Open menu button in the top-right corner. It looks like three parallel lines. In the menu that opens, choose Options.
Open Options in Mozilla Firefox
Open Options in Mozilla Firefox
In the Options tab, choose "Privacy & Security" on the left. On the right, look for the Customoption in Content Blocking.
Open Privacy & Security settings in Mozilla Firefox
Open Privacy & Security settings in Mozilla Firefox
Click or tap Custom in Content Blocking, then select the checkbox Cookies, and choose "All third-party cookies (may cause websites to break)" in the drop-down list.
Block third-party cookies in Mozilla Firefox
Block third-party cookies in Mozilla Firefox
Close the Options tab, and Mozilla Firefox now blocks third-party cookies.

How to block third-party cookies in Opera

In Opera, click or tap the "Customize and control Opera" button on the top-left corner that looks like the letter O. In the menu that opens, click or tap Settings.
Open Settings in Opera
Open Settings in Opera
In the Settings tab, choose Advanced and then Privacy & security in the column on the left. Then, on the right, find and click Content settings.
Open Content settings in Opera
Open Content settings in Opera
In the Content settings, click or tap "Cookies (Allow sites to save and read cookie data)."
Open Cookie settings in Opera
Open Cookie settings in Opera
In the Cookies section, turn on the switch that says "Block third-party cookies (Prevent third-party websites from saving and reading cookie data)."
Block third-party cookies in Opera
Block third-party cookies in Opera
You can close Settings, and continue your browsing with Opera.

How to block third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge

Open Microsoft Edge and click or tap on the "Settings and more" button from the top right side of the window. Alternatively, you can press ALT+X on your keyboard. In the menu that opens, choose Settings.
Open Settings in Microsoft Edge
Open Settings in Microsoft Edge
In the Settings panel, choose Privacy & Security on the left side.
Open Privacy & Security settings in Microsoft Edge
Open Privacy & Security settings in Microsoft Edge
Here, look for the Cookies drop-down menu, and click or tap on it. You can see that Microsoft Edge is set so that it does not block cookies.
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
In this drop-down menu select "Block only third-party cookies."
Block third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge
Block third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge
Click anywhere outside the Advanced settings pane, and you are done. Microsoft Edge now blocks third-party cookies.

How to block third-party cookies in Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, click or tap the Tools button from the top-right corner (the little gear). You can also use the ALT+X keyboard shortcut to open this menu. Then, choose "Internet Options."
Open Internet Options in Internet Explorer
Open Internet Options in Internet Explorer
Go to the Privacy tab, and click or tap the Advanced button.
Open Advanced privacy settings in Internet Explorer
Open Advanced privacy settings in Internet Explorer
The "Advanced Privacy Settings" window opens. In the "Third-party cookies" section, check Block and press OK.
Block third-party cookies in Internet Explorer
 
 
Block third-party cookies in Internet Explorer
Close the Internet Options window and you are done. Internet Explorer now blocks third-party cookies.

What is your reason for blocking third-party cookies?

While blocking all third-party cookies may make your browsing history and data more private, it does not mean that all ad networks and third-party services stop tracking you. Some of them have dodgy methods for tracking visitors on different websites. However, you should see fewer targeted ads, and ad networks and social networks are going to know a little bit less about you. Before closing this tutorial, we would like to know your reason for blocking third-party cookies and what your experience was after doing that.

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