Google Chrome has quickly become one of the most popular browsers used today. Due in part to the popularity of Google as a search engine, it’s almost impossible to browse the Web today without knowing what Google Chrome is.
Because of this, it comes as no small shock that one of the most popular questions we receive here at LockerGnome is how to enable (or disable) cookies in Google Chrome. The process is actually quite simple, and in this article we’ll explain how it’s done.
What is a Cookie?
Cookies can be both helpful and harmful, depending on how they’re written and where they come from. Some cookies do little more than keep you logged in to sites you visit frequently, enabling you to jump to the page you want to jump to without having to log in every time you fire up your browser. In these cases, cookies can be quite useful.
There are other instances where cookies are actually fairly intrusive. Tracking cookies that send data back to its host site about your activity may be concerning to some privacy-conscious users. You really don’t want some stranger knowing where you go on the Web or what you do, so the natural inclination is to delete all the cookies on your system and block them. This can be done without totally wrecking your browsing experience, though it may make it a bit more inconvenient.
In essence, a cookie is simply a small file that stores information about you and relays it to its host site upon visiting. It doesn’t always mean you’re being tracked or traced, but a malicious cookie is certainly easy to pick up if you don’t have the right protective settings in place.
How to Enable Cookies
Let’s say you want to enable cookies in your browser so you don’t have to log in to the same site over and over again. This is actually fairly easy, and there are two ways you can go about it.
You can set automatic cookie controls which accept most cookies sent to you as you browse, or you can go with a manual solution that sets specific domains you trust while still denying cookies from all other sources.
To enable automatic cookie handling, all you need to do turn on a single option in the settings menu. Here’s how to get to it:
- Click the wrench icon in the upper-right area of the Chrome browser window.
- Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Select Advanced at the bottom of the settings window to expand the menu.
- Under Privacy, click the Content Settings button.
- Select the option to allow local data to be set.
- If you want to disable advertisers and other third-party cookies, check the box next to the block third-party cookies option.
Manual Cookie Handling
If you only want a select few sites to send cookies your way, you can set these specific options in the same menu. All you need to do is select Block Sites From Setting Any Data (which disables cookies altogether) and click Manage Exceptions. In the menu that comes up, you can add hostnames (domains) that you trust. For example, you could write www.lockergnome.com to allow cookies sent by LockerGnome and no one else.
Add as many domains as you’d like here, and you should notice that your browsing experience is relatively unhindered. Be advised though, you’ll need to add an exception for every site you don’t want to continuously log into when you visit it. Even hitting the “remember me” button won’t work if an exception isn’t in place.
Cookies are a double-edged sword. While they can be quite helpful to you, many sites out there are actually rather invasive with how they use them. Advertising companies love cookies because they allow you to be more specifically targeted, which you may or may not like.
Keep in mind that this process does not stop supercookies from appearing on your system. For more information about those, you’ll want to read our article on how to manage and get rid of supercookies.