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What are ‘cookies,’ and why are you being prompted to reject them in Google Chrome?

Have you ever seen a message asking you to reject or accept ‘cookies’? Here we explain what it is about and what to do about it.

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If you are not sure what to do when a website asks you about 'cookies', here we explain. Photo: Info Technology

Cookies are very important elements within the web pages that we navigate. If you use Google Chrome, surely you have come across pop-up windows that ask you to accept or reject the use of cookies within an article or while browsing the website of your favorite store.

The truth is that there is still a bit of uncertainty around this issue, and some users are not sure which option would suit them best. What does it mean to allow these files to run in software?

What are ‘cookies’ and what are they for in Google Chrome?

There are different presentations of ‘cookies’. The most common of them is in the form of small files dedicated to storing information about our activity while we navigate through different web pages. For example, they save data such as your username, password, most visited links, location, among other details that will facilitate your stay online when you return to that same link.

In that sense, they are extremely useful. They allow you to enter your favorite games page and log in almost immediately, due to the prior registration that the ‘cookies’ have of your information.

However, the pages are obliged to inform Internet users regarding the use of these elements, which forces users to choose whether they wish to continue with them or not. One reason to reject them is privacy since by selecting this option, the portal has a duty to eliminate any trace of you.

How to handle Chrome’s ‘cookies’?

If you want the websites to save your information for when you re-enter, then the option to ‘accept cookies’ is for you. However, if you want to reject them, there is a way to do it automatically for any page you visit.

Through the extensions to reject all the cookies of Google Chrome, this step will no longer be manual, but your browser will do it for you. The first thing you should do is look for the extension ‘I don’t care about cookies’ in this link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions?hl=es.

The mission of this program is to prevent the messages of accepting or rejecting ‘cookies’ from appearing. Rather, once it’s properly configured on your Google Chrome, the software will mechanically reject them.

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Written by Christina d'souza

Proofreader, editor, journalist. I have been doing my favourite thing for more than six years.

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