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How to access cookie settings in Google Chrome

Despite having been accused of being spyware, Google Chrome is able to offer enough privacy, although the fact that it is tied to the Mountain View giant’s ecosystem will always leave the door open to doubt whether the privacy offered is total or no.

Chrome being criticized at the privacy level does not mean that it has not included improvements in that facet. For example, last spring Google introduced better controls on cookies, such movements being possible responses to Firefox, whose very strong commitment to privacy forces the Mountain View giant to move token before a possible boom in the movement in favour of the protection of user data.

Today we are going to focus on how to access the management of cookies in Google Chrome in order to provide the user with a small resource that you can use to improve your privacy when you browse the web with that application.

Blocking cookies in Google Chrome directly from the web

In Chrome you can access the cookies used by the website by clicking on the padlock that appears to the left of the URL, allowing from there to delete the ones belonging to the session of the active tab or to establish permanent policies around them.

After accessing the cookies used by the website, the user has two options: delete a cookie or block it. Deleting a cookie only serves to remove it from the active tab session, so it will return if the browser is closed and the same website is accessed again in a new session. For its part, Block does establish a permanent policy around the cookie, which can be modified by the user.

In this case, we are going to block the DoubleClick cookie, one of the most controversial on the web as it is a central part of Google’s advertising machinery, being accused by many of being spyware. The process is very simple, you just have to select the cookie you want to block and then click on the corresponding button.

After applying the blocking policy, click on the “Done” button and then the browser will ask to reload the page to apply the established policy.

When the website has returned, the user can see in the same section that DoubleClick has been blocked at the browser level, that is, it has been blocked on any website that uses it. From there you can keep the blocking policy, allow the cookie or delete it when you exit the application.

Consulting the stored cookies and the policies established around these

While being able to establish policies around cookies directly from the URL is very convenient, the user may also prefer to have everything that has been configured from a single point so as not to have to go page by page to change or undo what he has done.

Chrome has a section in its configuration for the policies around cookies, which can be reached by following the route starting from the main menu of the application and then going to “Website settings” in “Privacy and security” in “Settings advanced. 

Once you have accessed the “Website configuration”, go to the section “Cookies and site data” (from where you can change the policy of cookies set by the user) and then go to “See all cookies and website data”.

In “See all cookies and website data” the user can delete the cookies that he is not interested in having stored at that moment.

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