Cookie tips

Cookies are pieces of information stored in files that webservers store on your computer when you are browsing. These files allow these servers to recognize your computer the next time you visit their sites, often to improve your browsing experience. They cannot cause direct damage to your computer system in any way, but they can record your browsing habits in an intrusive manner and trace your movements across different websites.

For example, some sites use cookies to store your username so that for 10 or so hours after you log in with your password, you will not have to re-type your password again. This is a convenience, but it can also be a security hazard if others have access to the computer you are using.

Another use of cookies is to store information about the pages in a site that you have visited previously. This allows a website to customize itself with fresh content, rather than showing you the old material, and to present you with content you might be interested in based on what you have already viewed.

Opera gives you specific control over what cookies to accept and reject. Here are some tips to help you control your cookies.

Configure cookie settings

Opera allows for a wide range of cookie setups. The options are:

You can also configure cookie settings when you are viewing any site by going to Settings > Quick Preferences > Edit site preferences > Cookies.

Quickly enable or disable cookies

If you want to enable or disable cookies quickly, from the menu select Settings > Quick Preferences > Enable/Disable Cookies.

Manage cookies

Selecting “Manage Cookies” in the Cookies preferences tab allows you to add new domains, delete cookies, and edit cookie settings specifically for each server. The Cookie Manager displays, which lists all the domains from which you currently have cookies.

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