Allow and block cookies (2024)

Allow and block cookies (1)Websites use cookies. Your permission is required for this. Set the type of cookies you allow via your browser.



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What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that websites (temporarily) place on the computer, tablet or smartphone. They store certain data. Consider personal settings on a website (automatically staying logged in to a website), your click behavior (which internet pages you view) or the contents of an online shopping cart. Cookies are not harmful, but for privacy reasons it is good to know what you do and do not consent to.

Types of cookies

There are different types of cookies. You can roughly distinguish three groups:

  1. Functional cookies
    These are used, for example, to stay logged in, save the contents of a shopping cart or a language choice.
  2. Analytical cookies
    These keep track of visits to a website in order to improve a website.
  3. Volgcookies (Engels: trackingcookies)
    These cookies map your surfing behavior. As a result, you will then see advertisem*nts that are tailored to you on websites.

If privacy is not at stake with analytical cookies, a website does not have to ask permission for the first two types of cookies. Yes, for tracking cookies. That is why you sometimes receive a cookie notification when you visit a website for the first time. You give permission or not via the notification. But it's good to know that you can also use thebrowsergain insight into the cookies that are stored. There you can also set which type of cookie may be placed on your device.

Enable and disable cookies

Read the rest of this article to learn how to gain more control over what is or isn't saved in the future through the most common browsers. Please note: if you block all cookies, some websites will not work (partly). If you notice this, you can always adjust the settings again.

Cookie settings Edge

In Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the 'Settings and more' icon at the top right. Those are the three dots.
  • click onInstitutions.
  • Click in the left menuPrivacy, search and services.
  • On the right are three options under 'Track Prevention'. This is about tracking cookies (also known as trackers). ChooseBasis,BalancedofStrictly. For example, if you choose strict, a lot will be held back. If you notice that a certain reliable website does not work as desired, make an exception for that website.
    • Under 'Track Prevention', clickExceptions.
    • click onAdd Website.
    • Enter the web address in the input box, for example
    • click onAdd.
    • If there is a website that you do not want to be an exception, click on the three dots > behind the websiteTo delete.
    • click onPrivacy, search and servicesto go back to the settings.
  • If necessary, click on the black and white slider behind 'Send do not track requests' under 'Privacy'.
  • A website may track click behavior for functional purposes. A website decides for itself whether it will respond to your request. click onSend request.
  • If you do not want sites to check this when you make a payment, click on the blue slider behind 'Allow sites to check whether payment methods have been saved'.

    Cookie settings Firefox

    Firefox attaches great importance to privacy. With the default protection, the browser blocks a lot, with the exception of tracking cookies (only in private browsing). This is how you disable all cookies:

    • Click on the 'Application menu' icon at the top right. Those are the three horizontal lines.
    • click onInstitutions>Privacy & Security.
    • click onStrict.
    • Click on the cross at the top right to close settings.

    Do you notice that a reliable website does not function properly (such as buttons and registration fields)? A purple shield icon on the left side of the address bar next to the lock indicates that elements are blocked. Turn off strict controls for the website.

    • Click on the purple shield.
    • Click on the slider behind 'Enhanced Tracking Protection is ON for this website'.

    The web page refreshes and now works properly.

    Cookie settings Google Chrome (computer)

    Chrome offers an option to prevent ad personalization.

    • Click the "Customize and control Google Chrome" icon in the top right. Those are the three dots.
    • click onInstitutions.
    • Click on the leftPrivacy and security >Site settings.
    • click onCookies and site data.
    • By default, the 'Allow all cookies' option is active. click onAllow all cookiesto read what that function entails. With this option, the site remembers your login details (if you have indicated this) and you will see advertisem*nts that are tailored to you.
    • click onCblock cookies from third partiesso that advertisem*nts are no longer personalized. Turn this option off again if you experience problems while using the internet because websites do not work properly.
    • Do you want cookies to be automatically deleted when you close the browser? Then click on the slider behind 'Clear cookies and site data when you close all windows' so that it turns blue. Please note: saved login details will also disappear.

    Cookie settings Google Chrome (mobile app)

    Chrome offers an option to prevent ad personalization.

    • Tap the three-dot icon at the top right.
    • Tap upInstitutions.
    • Scroll down and tapSite settings.
    • Tap upCookies.
    • By default, the 'Allow cookies' option is active. It is good to leave this enabled, because websites need functional cookies to work.
    • Tap upCblock cookies from third partiesso that advertisem*nts are no longer personalized. Turn this option off again if you experience problems while using the internet.

    Cookie settings Safari (Mac)

    Go to the cookie settings of the Safari browser as follows:

    • Click on Safari in the top left of the menu bar.
    • click onInstitutions(macOS Ventura) ofPreferences(macOS Monterey).
    • Click on the tabPrivacy.
    • Make sure 'Prevent cross-site tracking' is checked.If the check mark is not there, click on it.
    • By default, 'Block all cookies' is not checked.If you check this box, websites may not work properly.
    • Choose whether you want to use the 'Apple Pay and Apple Card' option. If there is a check mark, Apple Pay will be offered automatically if you have enabled it.
    • Click on the red dot at the top left of the window to close the window.

    Cookie settings Safari (iPhone/iPad)

    You can manage the cookie settings of the Safari browser in the Settings app.

    • Open the Settings app.
    • Tap upSafari.
    • Scroll to 'Privacy and security'. Check whether the slider behind 'Prevent cross-site tracking' is green. If not, tap it.
    • The slider behind 'Block all cookies' is gray by default. If you also make this green, websites may not work properly.
    • Choose whether you want to use the 'Check for Apple Pay' option. If the slider is green, Apple Pay is automatically offered if you have enabled it. If the slider is gray, you must fill it in yourself.

    Delete cookies

    Previously stored cookies can be completely deleted from your device. Read more about that in the article 'Remove cookies from PC. Please note: if you delete cookies, stored data such as your login name or items that were in the shopping cart will also be deleted

    More on this topic

    • Delete cookies on smartphone and tablet
    • Remove cookies from PC
    • What are cookies?

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