- Without cookies, your browsing experience would not be this intuitive and satisfying. Not accepting cookies translates into not being able to access certain webpages.
- If you're getting cookies errors in your browser, follow the instructions in this guide to fix them. You'll say thanks!
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- If you want to learn what are the best browsers to use for various purposes, do explore our collection of guides.
Many users have reported that they received the error message This web site requires that your browser accept session cookies. This happens when your browser isn’t configured to accept session cookies or your browser is unable to accept cookies.
As soon as you quit your browser, session cookies will be deleted. In this article, we will outline how to enable cookies on different browsers. Learn how below.
If you have configured your browser to block cookies and not accept them, there’s a high chance that you are concerned about security and privacy.
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It comes with a built-in Adblocker. This will make the pages load faster, and fewer cookies stored on the device. It also comes with a free VPN so that you can bypass any nasty geo-restrictions.
Then, you can enable or disable any privacy protection on a granular website. You can allow a certain website to store cookies while you block the rest.
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How to configure major browsers to accept session cookies
1. Mozilla Firefox
- Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Click on the menu button (the three horizontal lines) and then select Options.
- Choose the Privacy panel option.
- Set the Firefox will option to Use custom settings for history.
- Tick to select the Accept cookies from sites option to enable cookies. You can untick if you wish to disable cookies.
You can also set how you want your cookies to last. There are three options to this setting.
- Keep till Firefox is closed – This option keeps cookies until you close Firefox.
- Keep and ask me every time – This option pops up an alert anytime a cookie is sent and then confirms if you want to store it or not.
- or Keep till they expire – This option will keep cookies until it is expired. Click OK and then exit from options.
2. Google Chrome
- Click on the Customize and Control button and a menu of options will appear.
- Click on the Settings option.
- Search for Cookies settings.
- A blue search box will appear at the top of your screen.
- Type cookie in the search box. Navigate through the search results until you find Site Settings and then click on it.
- There will be the Cookies option highlighted, click on it to see Cookies settings.
- Choose the Allow for sites to save and read cookie data permission.
3. Microsoft Edge
- In Microsoft Edge, click on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.
- Select the Privacy & Security tab in the left pane.
- Under the Cookies, select Don’t block cookies.
- Exit and reload the webpage.
And this is how you can quickly fix this problem.
FAQ: Learn more about browser cookies
- Should you accept cookies?
Blocking all cookies would visibly limit the quality of your browsing experience, therefore you should accept them. If you want to control which cookies your browser accepts, you can set it to notify you when it detects new cookies and ask you for permission as to whether you accept them or not.
- How do I turn on browser cookies?
Here are the steps to follow to enable cookies in your browser on Windows 10:
- Launch Internet Options
- Select the Privacy tab
- Under Settings, click on the Advanced button to open Advanced Privacy Settings
- In the new window, you’ll see two columns: one for first-party cookies, the second for third-party cookies
- Check the Accept checkbox to enable cookies.
- Are cookies a security risk?
Cookies are not a security risk as they cannot spread malware or access information on your computer, but they can pose some risks when it comes to personal data privacy. Cookies collect information about your online activity that is then used to profile you. Other than that, they pose no real security threat.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.