The Advantages & Disadvantages of Deleting Internet Cookies
By Kevin Lee
If a site relies too heavily on cookies, problems can occur. For example, if a website expects your computer to contain a cookie that has login information, you may not be able to log in to the site if you delete your cookies and the site's developer provides no alternate method of logging you in. Cookies are also tied to specific computers. If a site stores cookies on your home computer, that site won't remember you if you visit it using your work computer. When you share your browser account with other people, they can get an idea about the sites you visit by checking the browser's cookies unless you delete them.
Some people may not mind websites remembering their visits while others might not want anyone tracking them. If you are concerned about privacy, you have the option to review your browser's Help documentation that explains how to disable and delete cookies. You might also consider disabling third-party cookies instead of disabling them all. A third-party cookie is one that an advertiser might place on a site you visit. It may also remember information about your browsing activity and store it on your hard drive. Your browser's help documentation can show you how to disable these types of cookies.
After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.