Cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies are created by a website other than the one that you wanted to visit. Most of the time, third-party cookies are used by ad services that want to offer you targeted ads based on your browsing history and 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. That\u2019s why questions like \u201cAre third party cookies a security risk?\u201d or \u201cIs it good to block third party cookies?\u201d often arise. To help you out, in this article, we\u2019re going to show you how to disable third-party cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera, covering all the major browsers today. Without further ado, here\u2019s how to turn off third-party cookies:\r\n\r\n\r\nBlocking third-party cookies: What does it mean?\r\nWhen you visit a website, including Digital Citizen, it usually stores at least one cookie on your computer with the help of your web browser. That website uses its cookie(s) to keep information about your visit and your preferences, so that you can browse it without issues.\r\n\r\nMost websites also store third-party cookies on your devices, which are created by other websites and services. For example, some of the most common third-party cookies used by websites are from:\r\n\r\n \tGoogle Analytics - third-party cookies used for analyzing the traffic of the website\r\n \tGoogle AdSense or Doubleclick - third-party used to deliver ads on the website you visit\r\n \tFacebook - third-party cookies used to give you access to Like or Share buttons or to embed different types of content from Facebook\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCookies from Digital Citizen\r\n\r\nBlocking third-party cookies in your web browser can block tracking from advertisers and other entities. So, is it good to block third-party cookies? Yes, it can be good, but it can also be bad: blocking cookies can increase your privacy, but it can also break some of the websites you visit.\r\n\r\nBefore we show you how to disable third-party cookies, keep in mind that most web browsers already turn off third-party cookies if you use them in incognito mode. Furthermore, some websites also listen to DNT (Do Not Track) requests sent by your browser (if you enabled the DNT setting), which means that they might have already disabled the cookies that can track you.\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Google Chrome\r\nTo disable third-party cookies in Chrome, first, click or tap on the \u201cCustomize and control Google Chrome\u201d button from the browser\u2019s top-right corner. It looks like three dots arranged vertically. In the menu, select Settings.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Settings in Google Chrome\r\n\r\nScroll down and click or tap on \u201cCookies and other site data\u201d under \u201cPrivacy and security.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCookies and other site data in Google Chrome\r\n\r\nThis gives you a list of various cookie switches and settings. As you can see in the screenshot below, Chrome blocks third-party cookies by default, but only in incognito mode.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGoogle Chrome blocking third-party cookies in incognito\r\n\r\nTo turn off third-party cookies in Chrome, select the \u201cBlock third-party cookies\u201d option, as illustrated below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Google Chrome\r\n\r\nYou can now close the Settings tab. From now on, Google Chrome will be blocking all third-party cookies on all the websites you visit.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Firefox\r\nTo turn off third-party cookies in Firefox, first, click or tap the Open menu button from its top-right corner. It looks like three parallel lines. In Firefox\u2019s menu, press on Options.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Options in Mozilla Firefox\r\n\r\nIn the Options tab, choose \u201cPrivacy & Security\u201d on the left sidebar.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Privacy & Security settings in Mozilla Firefox\r\n\r\nThen, on the right, click or tap on Custom, and select the option labeled \u201cAll third-party cookies (may cause websites to break)\u201d from the drop-down list.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Firefox\r\n\r\nClose the Options tab, and Mozilla Firefox will start blocking all third-party cookies on all the websites you visit.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge\r\nOpen Microsoft Edge and click or tap on the \u201cSettings and more\u201d button from the top-right side of the browser window. Alternatively, you can press ALT+X on your keyboard. In Edge\u2019s menu, select Settings.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Settings in Microsoft Edge\r\n\r\nIn the Settings tab, select \u201cCookies and site permissions\u201d on the left sidebar.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Cookies and site permissions settings in Microsoft Edge\r\n\r\nIn the panel on the right, click or tap on \u201cManage and delete cookies and site data\u201d under \u201cCookies and data stored.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nManage and delete cookies and site data in Microsoft Edge\r\n\r\nFinally, turn on the \u201cBlock third-party cookies\u201d switch.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBlock third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge\r\n\r\nClose the Settings tab, and you\u2019re done. Microsoft Edge now blocks third-party cookies on all the websites you visit.\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Opera\r\nIn Opera, the first thing you have to do in order to turn off third-party cookies is to press the \u201cCustomize and control Opera\u201d button from the top-left corner of the window. It looks like the letter O. In Opera\u2019s menu, click or tap on Settings.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Settings in Opera\r\n\r\nIn the Settings tab, select Advanced on the left sidebar. Then, scroll until you get to the \u201cPrivacy and security\u201d section on the right, and click or tap on \u201cCookies and other site data.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Cookies and other site data in Opera\r\n\r\nYou then get access to the cookie settings used by Opera. As you can see in the following screenshot, Opera blocks third-party cookies by default if you\u2019re using it in private mode.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpera automatically disables third-party cookies in incognito \r\n\r\nTo block all third-party cookies, regardless of whether you use Opera\u2019s private browsing or not, turn on the switch that says \u201cBlock third-party cookies.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to block third-party cookies in Opera\r\n\r\nYou can close Settings and continue browsing with Opera, free of any third-party cookies.\r\nWhy did you choose to block third-party cookies?\r\nWhile blocking all third-party cookies may make your browsing history and data more private, it does not mean that all ad networks and third-party services stop tracking you. Some of them have dodgy methods for tracking visitors on different websites. However, you should see fewer targeted ads, and ad networks and social networks will know a little bit less about you. Before closing this tutorial, we would like to know your reason for blocking third-party cookies and your experience after doing that.