Are Third-Party Cookies enabled?
This page tells you if Third-Party Cookies are enabled in your current web browser.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are little bits of information that websites store on your computer when you visit them. They can help websites "remember" things about you. A website might use a cookie to store your Currency or Language preference. They are also usually required if you log in to a website.
What are Third-Party Cookies?
There's actually nothing inherently different about a first or third party cookie, it really just depends on the context you are relating to that cookie. For example, a cookie set by Facebook -when you're using facebook.com- is a first-person cookie, but if you are on a different website which has a Facebook Like! button; that button will access the same cookie; but in this context it would be considered a third-party cookie.
Are Third-Party Cookies safe?
As with "normal" cookies, there's nothing inherently "bad" about third-party cookies, however third-party cookies are a huge part of how different companies (typically advertising and social networks) track people's traffic, even when you're not directly using their website.
For example, say you've logged into facebook.com - facebook then knows who you are and sets a cookie after you log in - that's totally fine. But then - if you go and visit a completely different website, normally Facebook would have no idea about this... but if this other website has a Like! button on it, Facebook now knows that you've also accessed this otherwise unconnected website.
And so using this approach, Facebook can build an extended profile of your browsing habits, even if you never post any of it on facebook.com.
A lot of people find that unacceptable and so they choose to disable Third-party cookies.
Unlike first-party cookies (which are usually required to log into or use websites), disabling Third-party cookies tends to "break" a lot less websites and have much less negative impact on your browsing.
Enabling or disabling Cookies
We have guides which will show you how to enable or disable Cookies for your browser.
A note on Safari and Third-Party Cookies
After extensive testing and debugging, it seems that when you disable Third-Party cookies in Safari, it will still hold on to them and keep using them until you restart Safari.
So if you choose to disable third-party cookies in Safari, make sure you restart (and perhaps Reset Safari) to ensure that it doesn't keep using any third party cookies it may have cached. Chrome and Firefox don't have this problem.
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