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Here’s How to Enable Cookies, JavaScript, and Flash Player in Your Browser

Online privacy is a hot topic nowadays, which is why a lot of people are constantly looking for ways to protect themselves while surfing the web. If you feel the same way, one of the things you might have done or are considering to do is to disable cookies, JavaScript, and Flash Player on your web browser. There’s technically nothing wrong with this but, in some cases, it might make sense to enable these things on your favorite browser. Let’s discuss it below.

Enabling Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that are stored in your computer when you visit a certain website. There are several types of cookies; one such type allows you to easily log into a website and ensure that you’ll stay logged in throughout your entire visit. This way, you won’t have to repeatedly input your username and password as you move from one page to another. Other types of cookies, meanwhile, monitor your web usage and subsequently track the websites you visit and other activities.

Many websites, especially those that require you to log in and those that have shopping carts, need cookies to properly function. If you’re having problems with these sites, you’ll want to enable cookies in your browser. Here’s how you can do this:

FOR MOZILLA FIREFOX:

  1. Click on the menu button.
  2. Go to Privacy.
  3. On the drop-down menu beside “Firefox will”, choose “Use custom settings for history”.
  4. Check the box beside “Accept cookies from sites”.
  5. You also have the option to accept third-party cookies or not, and you can tell Firefox how long to keep the cookies.

FOR GOOGLE CHROME:

  1. Click on the menu button.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Advanced”.
  4. Click on “Content settings”.
  5. Choose “Cookies”.
  6. Turn on the toggle switch beside “Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended)”.

Enabling JavaScript

Some cyberattackers are using JavaScript to run malicious code and install malware in users’ computers. Even advertisers, who usually don’t have such evil intent, use this programming language to simply deliver ads which can be admittedly irritating. Because of this, many people have decided to turn off JavaScript in their web browsers.

However, if you take this step, you’ll find that many websites won’t work properly. YouTube, Netflix, and other sites that provide videos and other rich content won’t run without JavaScript. The same is true for Google Docs.

Fortunately, most web browsers nowadays enable JavaScript by default so, if you haven’t done anything yet to disable JavaScript, you’re in the clear. Still, you can verify this by taking some steps. If you’re using Firefox, type “about:config” on the address bar, click on “I accept the risk!”, and search for “javascript.enabled”. The value should be set on “true”; if it’s set on “false”, right click on the row and choose “Toggle” to set javascript.enabled on “true”.

If you’re using Google Chrome, take these steps:

  1. Click on the menu button.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Advanced”.
  4. Click on “Content settings”.
  5. Choose “JavaScript”.
  6. Turn on the toggle switch beside “Allowed (recommended)”.

Enabling Flash Player

Despite its numerous vulnerabilities, Adobe Flash Player is still widely used by millions of websites. To ensure you’ll have access to their content, you’ll want to enable Flash Player in your browser. If you’re using Windows 10, read this article on how to enable Flash Player on Microsoft Edge.

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