What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files which are stored on your local computer whenever you access any website. These small files which are known as cookies help computers to open the website that has already been accessed quickly. Although cookies are not at all harmful and are developed to help users save Internet bandwidth and time while accessing a website however there are some cookies which send your personal information without informing you to the outside world, mostly vendors, which can then use it to advertise their products and services to you. Such cookies are by default blocked in Windows 8 and rest others are allowed to be saved on your computer. This means that the OS is configured to handle cookies automatically.
Cookies are of two categories namely first party and third-party cookies. First party cookies are the ones which come from the websites that you have accessedCookies are categorised intentionally whereas third-party cookies are the ones which are not invited by you and they still try to get into your system to get your personal information.
Windows 8 by default handles these cookies very efficiently however Microsoft also provides a feature named Cookie Handling which allows you to override the default configuration and lets you manually configure the way first party and/or third-party cookies are handled.
As a Windows 8 user if you want to manage cookies manually you are required to follow the steps given below:
1 Logon to the computer on which Microsoft Windows 8 is installed.
2 Click on Start button.
3 On the available options on the screen click on Control Panel.
4 On the opened window click on More Settings option available at the bottom of the list in the left pane.
5 On Adjust your computer’s settings Window click on Internet Options icon.
6 On Internet Properties box go to Privacy tab and click on Advanced button.
7 On Advanced Privacy Settings box check Override automatic cookie handling checkbox and select appropriate radio buttons as required.
8 Finally click on Ok button when done.