How to disable third-party cookies in all major web browsers

Third-party cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the websites you visit. However, their origins are on other domains. Most of the time, third-party cookies are used by ad services for the purpose of offering you targeted ads that are based on your browsing history and on your web searches. However, these cookies can raise privacy concerns as they can also be used to store your browsing history across websites that use the same ad services. This is the reason why, in this article, we will show you how to disable third-party cookies in all the major web browsers for Windows: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.

How to disable third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge

Open the browser and click or tap on the "More actions" button from the top right side of the window.

In the "More actions" menu choose Settings.

In the Settings panel, scroll to the bottom, and press the "View advanced settings" button.

Here, look up for the Cookies drop-down menu. In this menu select "Block only third party cookies".

Third party cookies are now blocked in Microsoft Edge. Now you can simply click or tap outside of this panel to close it.

How to disable third-party cookies in Internet Explorer for Desktop

By default, Internet Explorer blocks third-party cookies. However, if you want to make sure that you are safe or you think that you have edited these settings in the past, open the browser. Click or tap on the Tools icon from the top right corner (the little gear). You can also use the "Alt + X" keyboard shortcut to open this menu.

In the Tools menu, click or tap on the "Internet options" link.

Next, go to the Privacy tab.

In the Privacy tab, click or tap on the Advanced button from the Settings section.

In the "Third-party cookies" section, check Block.

Click or tap OK to apply your settings.

To close the "Internet Options" window, click or tap again on the OK button.

How to disable third-party cookies in the Internet Explorer App for Windows 8.1

If you are using Windows 8.1, you have two Internet Explorer browsers installed: a desktop version and an app version. While they look and work differently, they share the same settings. Therefore, if you have blocked third-party cookies in the desktop version of the browser, like we showed you in the previous section of this tutorial, you don't need to repeat the process for the app version. The same is true the other way around.

To disable third-party cookies in the Internet Explorer app , you have to first open it. Then, bring up the Charms and click or tap on Settings.

In the Settings charm, click or tap Privacy.

In the Cookies section, set the "Block all third-party cookies" switch to On.

Third-party cookies are now blocked in the Internet Explorer app .