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As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
You can find and manage your cookies to scale the protection of your online privacy. Here's how.
- Open your browser. Since cookies are stored in the web browser, your first step is to open the browser. Contemporary browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.
- Find out where cookies are stored. Each browser manages cookies in a different location. For example, in Internet Explorer, you can find them by selecting “Tools”, and then “Internet Options.” From that menu, select “General”, and then “Browsing history”, and then “Settings.”
- Manage your cookie settings. Each browser gives you a range of options for allowing, retaining, and deleting cookies. For example, Internet Explorer allows you to manage cookies under “Privacy” and “Advanced.”
Banning all browser cookies could make some websites difficult to navigate. However, a setting that controls or limits third-party and tracking cookies can help protect your privacy while still making it possible to shop online and carry out similar activities.