Make no mistake: You will be tracked.
Do you want to be shocked? Take a look at the secret map on your smartphone that looks at every single move. Click or click here to see the map that tracks you and wipe it clean
What about ads that follow you online? Facebook is one of the biggest computer pigs. Tap or click for ways to stop or restrict targeted ads on Facebook.
And then there are cookies, small pieces of data that track your activity online. They do not just lurk in your computer. On your smartphone, cookies store your passwords and help you log in faster, but they can also collect much more than you want.
Ask yourself: Are cookies worth the price?
When it comes to cookies, you need to take a good look at your priorities. Do you prefer the convenience of a browser like Safari or Chrome or the privacy of the browser that does not store cookies in the first place?
It is a difficult balance to strike, especially considering how convenient cookies make our browser. They store your login information and keep track of your preferences to show you the content you care about, but of course it costs your privacy.
The choice is up to you. To remove them, navigate to your smartphone settings. Scroll down to the list of apps. Find your browser and follow the instructions below.
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Start with Safari
For Safari on an iPhone, follow these steps:
· Open Settings and tap Safari.
· Tap Clear history and site data. Apple will tell you: “Emptying removes history, cookies and other browsing data.”
· Then tap Remove.
2. Kick cookies out of Chrome
If you are a Chrome user instead, the process is a little different.
On an iPhone:
· Open the Chrome browser and tap the three dots at the bottom right and select Settings.
· Now tap Privacy and then Delete browsing data. Check cookies, website data, but uncheck the other items.
· Then tap Delete browser data and tap Done.
This is also a great way to check which data you want to delete. Note the option for cached images and files. Make sure this is checked, tap Remove browser data and then confirm your selection.
Follow these steps for Chrome on Android:
· Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet. Tap More, which is to the right of the address bar.
· Click Settings.
· Tap Privacy, then select Delete browsing data.
· To delete everything, select All time. To delete cookies from a specific time period, select your time range at the top.
· Check cookies, media licenses and website data.
· Then select Remove data and Remove.
3. Clean up Firefox
Firefox creator Mozilla puts privacy first and foremost. This browser blocks tracking cookies by default.
That’s a warning. Firefox allows first-party cookies, which are stored by the website you are visiting.
These cookies allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember your language settings, and so on to personalize your experience. To remove them, do so.
On an iPhone:
· Open your browser and tap on the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner. From there, tap Settings.
· Scroll down to the privacy section. Click Data Management.
· Tap Remove private data at the bottom.
· You will get a warning dialog box. Press OK to delete all selected data.
Note: This will also delete the history from your synced devices.
If you are using an Android, follow these steps:
· Press Menu and then Settings.
· From there, press Privacy.
· Select Remove now and a new window will appear.
· Touch Remove data.
4. Put your privacy first with Opera
Here is another privacy-centric option that encrypts your data and blocks ads.
To remove cookies, open the browser on Android or iPhone and tap the Opera icon in the bottom right corner.
· From there, tap Settings. It will take you to a new window.
· Scroll down and select Delete browser data. You then have the option to delete cookies and website data, clear your browsing history and even change your website settings.
· Tap Cookies and website data to delete all your cookies.
· You will see a new option at the top of the window next to the Clear Browser Data header.
· Press the Clear button.
For good measure, tap Cached images and files to clear everything that slows down your browser. Then press the Remove button.
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