How to Erase My Cookies in a MacBook

by Veronica Summers

Cookies are small files that Web developers use to track your path through their website, and to determine which page to display to you when visiting their site. For example, by setting a cookie, a weather website displays your local forecast or an online store displays items that you recently showed an interest in buying. Cookies are generally harmless; however, there are times when you may wish to erase the cookies on your MacBook for privacy reasons. For example, when you are using a work MacBook for personal use, or you wish to start fresh with new browser settings.

How to Erase MacBook Cookies in the Safari Browser

1

Open Safari and select "Preferences" from the Safari menu.

2

Click the "Security" icon.

3

Click the "Show Cookies" button. This displays a list showing the websites that have set cookies on your machine. If you use your MacBook for browsing the Internet, this list will be long.

4

Click the "Remove All" button to erase all cookies from your MacBook.

If you'd like to erase cookies from a few offending websites, select the name of the website and click the "Remove" button.

5

When you are finished, click "Done". Cookies are now erased from your MacBook.

Tip

  • check If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser, the process is the same, except the "Security" button is called "Privacy" in Firefox.

Warning

  • close After erasing cookies, you may notice major changes in the Web applications that you use or the Web sites that you visit. You should only erase all cookies from your MacBook if it is absolutely necessary.

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About the Author

Veronica Summers is an Internet pioneer, creating websites for Fortune 500 companies since 1994. In over 15 years of writing for the Web, she has received awards for explaining complex topics in an easy-to-read manner. Summers holds a Bachelor of Science in technical writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She writes computer- and travel-related articles online.

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