Although their future may not be very bright, cookies have been a huge part of how the Internet works for a long time now, and the vast majority of popular websites use them and will continue to use them, at least for the near future. Concerns over how they are used has increased greatly in recent years, but for most website users they are little more than a tiny blip on their radar.
As mentioned, cookie warning popups should only appear the first time you visit a website (unless you regularly clear browser cookies), but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t annoying when browsing, especially on mobile devices where they often block the entire screen. If you are happy for cookies to always be saved, you can hide hide cookie notices in most browsers.
I Don’t Care About Cookies
You can block/hide cookie notices in most of the most popular desktop browsers using the I Don’t Care About Cookies extension. This background extension will automatically hide those cookie notices on almost any website you visit (it doesn’t stop cookies being installed, it just stops the warning). It is available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and even the new Edge browser.
Android Mobile Browsers
To block cookie notices using I Don’t Care About Cookies on a mobile device, you will need to be using a browser which supports extensions (not all do) such as Firefox. Alternatively, you could use Opera for your mobile browser which gives you the built-in option to block notices in the Settings > Ad blocking > Block cookie dialogs.
iOS Mobile Browsers
If you are using Safari on your Apple device, you will need to install AdGuard for Safari and then select a cookie blocking feature such as prebake or I Don’t Care About Cookies.
What Are Cookies?
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past).
They can also be used to remember arbitrary pieces of information that the user previously entered into form fields such as names, addresses, passwords, and credit-card numbers.
Cookies perform essential functions in the modern web. Perhaps most importantly, authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with.