Privacy Tip: How to delete cookies from your phone

Make no mistake: You are tracked.

Do you want to be shocked? Take a look at the secret map in your smartphone that looks at every movement. Click or click here to see the map track you and wipe it

How about ads that follow you online? Facebook is one of the largest data piles. Press 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 save your passwords and help you log in faster, but they can also collect much more than you want.

Ask yourself: Are cookies worth the cost?

When it comes to cookies, take a good look at your priorities. Do you prefer the convenience of a browser like Safari or Chrome or the integrity of the browser that does not save cookies in the first place?

It is a difficult balance to strike, especially considering how practical cookies make our surfing experience. They save your login information and keep track of your settings to display the content you care about, but of course it costs your privacy.

The choice is up to you. To clear them, go to the settings of your smartphone. Scroll down to the list of apps. Find your browser and follow the instructions below.

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Start with Safari

Follow these steps for Safari on an iPhone:

· Open Settings and tap Safari.

· Tap Clear history and site data. Apple tells you, “Cleaning removes history, cookies, and other browsing information.”

· Then press Clear.

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 tap Clear web information. Check cookies, website data, but deselect the other items.

· Then tap Clear browsing data and tap Done.

This is also a great way to control what data you want to clear. Note the option for cached images and files. Make sure this is checked, tap Clear web info 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.

· Touch Privacy, then select Clear Web Information.

· To delete everything, select All the time. If you want to delete cookies from a certain period, select your time interval at the top.

· Check the option Cookies, media licenses and website data.

· Then select Clear data and Clear.

3. Clean up Firefox

Firefox creator, Mozilla, puts privacy first. This browser blocks cookie tracking by default.

There is a warning. Firefox allows first-party cookies stored by the website you visit.

These cookies allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember your language settings and so on to customize your experience. Here’s how to clear them.

On an iPhone:

· Open your browser and tap the three horizontal lines in the lower right corner. From there, tap Settings.

· Scroll down to the privacy section. Click Data Management.

· Tap Clear private data at the bottom.

· You will get a warning dialog box. Press OK to clear all selected data.

Note! This also clears 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 Clear now and a new window will appear.

· Touch Clear data.

4. Put your privacy first with Opera

Here is another privacy-centric option that encrypts your data and blocks ads.

To clear cookies, open the browser on your Android or iPhone and tap the Opera icon at the bottom right.

· From there, press Settings. It will take you to a new window.

Scroll down and select Clear browser data. You then have the option to delete cookies and website data, clear your web history and even change your website settings.

· Tap Cookies and website data to delete all your cookies.

· A new option appears at the top of the window next to the Clear Browser Data heading.

· Press the Clear button.

For good measure, tap Cached images and files to clear everything that slows down your browser. Then press the Clear button.

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