What is a cookie?

Cookies are usually small text files, given ID tags that are stored on your computer’s browser directory or program data subfolders. Cookies are created when you use your browser to visit beycome.com that uses cookies to keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, theme selection, preferences, and other customization functions.beycome.com stores a corresponding file(with same ID tag)to the one they set in your browser and in this file they can track and keep information on your movements within the site and any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as email address.

Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.

Cookies usually don’t contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder while you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted. On the other hand, persistent cookie files remain in your browser’s subfolder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie remains in the browser’s subfolder for the duration period set within the cookie’s file.

More on Cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer when you access certain websites. Like virtual door keys, cookies unlock a computer’s memory and allow a website to recognise users when they return to a site by opening doors to different content or services. Like a key, a cookie itself does not contain information, but when it is read by a browser it can help a website improve the service delivered.

Cookie files are automatically lodged into the cookie file - the memory of your browser – and each one typically contains:

- The name of the server the cookie was sent from
- The lifetime of the cookie
- A value – usually a randomly generated unique number

A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on the hard disk of computers so that the website can remember who you are.

A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. Two common types of cookies are used on most websites-session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).

Cookies can help us to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies. Cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you.

Manage Cookies:

What can I do to Stop, Clear or Delete cookies being installed on my Google Chrome browser?

If you are using Google Chrome to disable cookies:
Go to ‘Tools Menu’
Click on ‘Options’
Click on ‘Under the Hood’
‘Cookie Setting’ should be selected. Once done select ‘Block all Cookies’
Now all cookies should be blocked on your Google Chrome

To clear existing cookies:
Go to ‘Tools Menu’
Click on ‘Options’
Click on ‘Under the Hood’
Under ‘Privacy’ section select “Show Cookies’
A new window should open called ‘Cookies’ In here you can see all the cookies within your Google Chrome Browser.
Click on “Remove All” to remove all traces of cookies
If you wish to only remove a certain cookie, simply highlight and click “Remove”

What can I do to Stop, Clear or Delete cookies being installed on my Internet Explorer (IE) 11 browser?

If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) 11:

To delete existing cookies:

On the Start screen, tap or click ‘Internet Explorer’ to open Internet Explorer.
Move the cursor to the right edge of the screen, and then click on ‘Settings’.
Click ‘Options’, and then, under History, click ‘Select’.
Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.
Your Internet Explorer 11 should now be cookie free!

What can I do to Stop, Clear or Delete cookies being installed on my Internet Explorer (IE) 9.0+ browser?

If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) 9.0+:
Go to ‘Tools’ in the menu bar which should drop down then click on ‘Internet Options’ Click on ‘Privacy’ Tab on top Move the slider up to the ‘Block all Cookies’ button Important Notice: Blocking all cookies may prevent you from entering alot of sites. The next two Internet Explorer privacy levels, High and Medium High, may be more suitable.

To delete existing cookies:
Go to ‘Tools’ in the menu bar which should drop down then click on ‘Internet Options’ Click on ‘General’ tab which should be under ‘Browsing History’ and click ‘Delete’ Your Internet Explorer 9.0 should now be cookie free!

 

What can I do to Stop, Clear or Delete cookies being installed on my Firefox 2.0+ / 3.0+ / 4.0+/ browser?

If you are using Firefox 2.0+ / 3.0+ / 4.0+/ to disable cookies:
Go to ‘Tools’ in the menu bar Click on ‘Options’ Click on ‘Privacy Tab’ Disable the box that says ‘Accept Cookies From sites’

To clear existing cookies:
Go to ‘Tools’ in the menu bar
Click on ‘Options’
Click on ‘Privacy Tab’
Click on “Clear Now”
Select “Cookies”
Click on “Clear Private Data Now”
This procedure will stop sites from installing cookies on your firefox browser.

 

What can I do to Stop, Clear or Delete cookies being installed on my Safari 5.1+ browser?

Safari 5.1 + (the later editions)
Go to the Safari Menu, click ‘About’, to determine which version of Safari you are using.
From the Safari Menu, click on ‘Preferences.
Once in the Safari preference window, click ‘Privacy’.
Set your preferences for accepting cookies next to ‘Block Cookies’.
Select ‘Parties and Advertisers’ – ‘Always’ or ‘Never’.
If there are any website data/cookies being stored, click ‘Details’.
If you wish to remove the data, highlight the information and click ‘Remove’.
If you wish to remove the data from all the sites, simply click ‘Remove All’.
Now you are finished, click ‘Done’ to return to the preference window.

Safari 5.0.x – (the previous editions)
Go to the Safari Menu, click ‘About’, to determine which version of Safari you are using.
From the Safari Menu, click on ‘Preferences.
Enable cookies by selecting next to ‘Accept Cookies’ – ‘Always or Only from sites you navigate to’.
Disable cookies by selecting ‘Never’.
View your cookies by clicking on ”Show Cookies’.
Browse your list of cookies on your computer in the sheet that drops down.
Remove all cookies by clicking, ‘Remove All’.
Click ‘Done’ when you are finished to return to the preference window.

What can I do to stop or delete cookies being installed with the Opera browser?
Opera have arguably, the most flexible and the most specific privacy and cookie control of all browsers.
It allows you options that range from blocking referral websites to deleting cookies at the end of each visit, and to manage cookies for specific websites. It even allows for rejecting automatic redirection, from a website, although most websites might do that for perfectly good reasons. Disabling automatic redirection can be impractical most times but it does allow that extra control over what sites you visit.

For controlling your preferences for Referrals and control over redirections, Go Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Network
“Send Referrer Information”
If you wish to keep your last website visited secret from your next visited website, uncheck this option.
“Enable Automatic Redirection”

Switching this off will prevent a website redirecting your browser to another website address, which often can be for a valid reason and can happen fairly often as a page or a whole website may have moved address. This is generally only a security risk, if the site has been hacked and redirects you to a malicious site.Having a good security sysytem installed on your computer will minimise any risk.

Enabling Cookies in Opera 9.61+
The settings have been simplified as Opera now supports site specific preferences.
These allow you to change your cookie settings on a per site basis.
It’s as easy as choosing your domain in which you wish to create a site preference for.

Go to the Opera window at the top, select ‘Tools’.
Select from here, ‘Preferences’
Click on ‘Advanced’.
Click on ‘Content’.
From here, click on ‘Manage site preferences’
Click the chosen site.
Click ‘Edit’.
Click on the ‘Cookies tab’.

Handily, Opera’s browser gives you the option of simply clearing the websites and it’s third party cookies at the end of your visit. This will not delete any cookies previously installed.

Opera has 5 manageable options for general treatment of cookies. They are Allow all, Prompt to accept, Block all, Block only third party cookies ,and or Delete new cookies at the end of a session. It should be noted that Opera refuses to accept all “invalid cookies” which it defines as “being set for top-level domains: domains ending in .com, .net, and .org, among others. Such cookies are considered invalid or illegal and are blocked because:

:Any Web site could read such a cookie’s contents, it would have unlimited access.
:The only use for such cookies is to track surfers across the Web.”
Enabling Cookies in Opera 10.0

Go to the Opera window at the top, select ‘Tools’.
Select from here, ‘Preferences’
Click on ‘Advanced’.
Select ‘Accept Cookies’.
Select ‘Accept Cookies’ or ‘Accept Cookies only from the site I visit’.
Make sure ‘Delete new cookies when visiting Opera’ is not ticked.
Now you can click ‘OK’.
More information on managing Opera’s privacy functions are available here. http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

 

Source: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/