How to allow cookies on your Mac to save passwords and other important information

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It’s easy to manage the cookies that are stored on your Mac’s Safari web browser.

  • You can allow cookies on your Mac from Safari’s Preferences page.
  • Allowing cookies lets your browser save important information like passwords and search history.
  • If you want to keep cookies from some sites only, you can selectively remove stored cookies by site.
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Cookies are the little snippets of data used to track your internet browsing patterns, which are then stored in your computer. Many people believe that cookies are overused for targeted advertisements, which can often be labeled as “creepy.”

But cookies can actually be quite helpful. For example, cookies allow your computer to remember important information like log-in credentials so you don’t always have to enter your password. Cookies also let you save items in a shopping cart when you’re looking to buy something online.

If you’d like to allow cookies on your Mac’s Safari web browser, here’s how.

How to allow cookies on Mac in Safari

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. On the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Next to Cookies and website data, make sure the box next to Block all cookies is not checked.

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In the “Privacy” tab, uncheck the box next to “Cookies and website data.”

Unchecking Block all cookies will allow any and all cookies to be stored by websites you visit as well as third-party trackers, which are typically advertisers.

How to remove data stored by certain websites using Safari on Mac

In Mac’s Safari, you can remove browsing data stored by certain websites you visit on your computer.

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. In the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Under Block all cookies, click on Manage Website Data.

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Click “Manage Website Data.”

5. Here you can remove information collected by certain sites by selecting a site in the list and clicking Remove at the bottom of the window. Or, you can remove information collected from all sites by clicking Remove all at the bottom of the window. Removing your cookie data might reduce the amount websites track you, but it might also log you out of certain websites.

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Click “Remove” or “Remove all.”

6. Click Done in the bottom-right corner of the window when you’re finished.

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How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari and iOS apps, to free up space and improve speed

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You can clear your iPhone cache for Safari and other apps, or offload apps to increase storage space.

  • You can clear cache, history, and cookies on your iPhone for Safari to improve speed and performance.
  • You can also clear cache for iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them to free up space.
  • When you clear cache, you may lose some saved data from Safari or iPhone apps, like passwords and files.
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Apple offers several ways for iPhone users to clear their cache, whether it’s for Safari or iOS apps.

When you clear cache on iPhone for Safari, it means all the files, images, passwords, and scripts from previously visited websites will be wiped. You can also clear cache on iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them.

Clearing cache for Safari and certain apps can free up space on your iPhone, improving speed and performance by removing unnecessary app data.

Here’s how to clear cache on your iPhone.

How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari

To clear cache on your iPhone, select Safari in the Settings app and click “Clear History and Website Data.”

Here’s a full step-by-step guide:

1. Open the Settings app and click Safari.

2. Tap “Clear History and Website Data.”

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Tap Clear History and Website Data to clear your Safari cache, history, and cookies.

3. Your device will double-check that you want to clear Safari’s data. Click through the message that follows.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps

To clear cache on iPhone apps, you’ll need to offload them. Offloading an app will free up storage space used by the app while still keeping its documents and data. If and when you reinstall the app, your data will be reinstated.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select “General” and tap “iPhone Storage.”

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The iPhone Storage option should be beneath the Accessibility option.

3. Select the app you want to offload and tap “Offload App.”

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Tap Offload to remove the app and make space on your iPhone.

4. Select “Offload App” from the pop-up window to confirm your choice. You can also delete the app if you no longer need it.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps with a cache feature

Some apps have a cache feature that make it easy for you to clear it directly in the Settings app. Here’s how to find it:

1. Open your iPhone’s settings.

2. Scroll until you see the eligible app, then tap it.

3. Look for a “Clear cache” option. If the toggle next to it is green, tap it to clear the app’s cache.

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A guide to 403 errors, and how to troubleshoot the ‘forbidden’ webpage

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You can try a few different troubleshooting tricks to get around a 403 error on a website.

  • A 403 error occurs when a server won’t allow you to access a webpage.
  • You can’t always fix a 403 error on your own, but simple tricks like refreshing your page or clearing your cache could help.
  • If visitors to your webpage are getting 403 errors, you may have to reconfigure it.
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A 403 “forbidden” error sounds more threatening than it is.

This type of error happens when a web server doesn’t allow you to access a webpage. You can’t always fix these sorts of errors, but if you can, the solutions are pretty simple.

Here’s everything you need to know about why these errors happen and what to do if you encounter one.

The most common causes for 403 errors

403 errors occur for a single reason: You’re trying to access a webpage that you don’t have permission to see. Consider it a sister to the 404 error, which means the page simply doesn’t exist.

This isn’t any sort of grand conspiracy. Every website has pages that aren’t open to the public – these are usually spots for the site owners to test new features, or edit other parts of the site.

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403 errors aren’t rare, especially if you enter URLs manually.

For example, Insider has pages that are used to edit the text and pictures in a story. People who don’t work at Insider don’t have access to these pages, because if they did, anyone could edit or erase any story at any time.

In most cases, if you’ve hit a 403 error, the solution is to just move on. But if you’re seeing 403 errors on pages that you know you should have permission to see, there’s a deeper issue.

How to troubleshoot a 403 error

Not all 403 errors can be fixed, and not all errors can be fixed by yourself – you might need help from the site’s administrator.

But before you give up, try some of these fixes.

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