How do cookies affect the VPN and how to deal with it?

Cookies are files created by websites you have visited and contain information such as your preferences or login credentials for certain internet resources. Along with browser's cache, cookies help pages load faster and make it easier for you to browse the web.

Apart from improving your browsing experience, some cookies may put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit. Moreover, cookies can affect operation of your VPN software, especially for e-stores and streaming services, by saving information about your location. That's why sometimes websites can still define you to be in your home country even with an active VPN. Therefore, regular clearing your cookies and cache is not just useful but must-have.

Below you can find instructions on how to clear cache and cookies in the most popular browsers and platforms.

Firefox - macOS/Windows/Linux

1. Click Button2 in FireFox for macOS/Windows/Linux - main menu On your browser toolbar and choose Preferences.

2. Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the History section.

3. In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history.

4. Click Show Cookies....

How to delete cookies? - In FireFox for macOS/Windows/Linux - Tap Privacy&Security>Use custom settings for history

5. Click Remove All.

or

1. Click Button2 in FireFox for macOS/Windows/Linux - main menu On your browser toolbar choose History, and then Clear Recent History....

2. Set Time range to clear to Everything.

3. Click on the arrow next to Details to expand the list of history items.

4. Select Cookies and Cache and make sure that other items you want to keep are not selected.

How to delete cookies? - In FireFox for macOS/Windows/Linux - Set Time range to clear to Everything>Details

5. Click Clear Now.

Firefox - Android

Clear your entire browsing history

1. Tap Button2 in FireFox for Android - Tap main menu On your browser and select Settings and select History.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Tap the button and select History

2. Tap on Clear browsing history at the bottom of the History panel.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Tap on Clear browsing history

3. Tap OK to confirm.

Clear specific items from your browser

1. Tap Button2 in FireFox for Android - Tap main menu On your browser and select Settings and select Settings.

2. Tap Clear private data.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Tap Clear private data

3. Put a checkmark next to the items you want to clear and then tap Clear data.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Put a checkmark next to the items you want to clear

Delete data on exit

This option automatically deletes selected data (bookmarks, browsing or search history, saved passwords, and more) every time you quit Firefox:

1. Tap Button2 in FireFox for Android - Tap main menu On your browser and select Settings and select Settings.

2. Tap Privacy and put a checkmark next to Clear private data on exit.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Tap Privacy
How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox for Android - Put a checkmark next to Clear private data on exit

3. In the pop-up window, select the types of information that you'd like to delete each time you quit Firefox. Then tap Set.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - Select the types of information that you'd like to delete each time you quit Firefox

Firefox will delete your information each time you close it through the Quit option on the menu.

Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11 - Windows 10

1. Select How do cookies affect the VPN?-In Internet Explorer for Windows-tap Safety>Delete browsing history > Safety > Delete browsing history.

NOTE: You can also access this menu by holding Ctrl + Shift + Delete.

2. Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check both Temporary Internet files and website files and Cookies and website data, then click Delete.

How do cookies affect the VPN?-In Internet Explorer for Windows-Make uncheck Preserve website data

You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once your cache and cookies are successfully cleared.

How do cookies affect the VPN?-In IE for Windows-You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window

Google Chrome - macOS/Windows/Linux

1. On your computer, open Chrome.

2. On your browser toolbar, click Button2 in FireFox for Android - Tap main menu On your browser and select Settings > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data.

3. In the Clear browsing data box, click the checkboxes for Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files.

4. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose beginning of time to delete everything.

How do cookies affect the VPN?-In GoogleChrome for PC-Choose beginning of time to delete everything

5. Click Clear browsing data.

Google Chrome - iOS/Android

1. On your phone or tablet, open Chrome.

2. On your browser toolbar, tap Button2 in FireFox for Android - Tap main menu On your browser and select Settings

3. Tap History and then tap Clear browsing data.

How do cookies affect the VPN?-In Google Chrome for iOS/Android-Tap History and Clear browsing data

4. Set the checkboxes for Cookies and site data and Cached images and files.

5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose All time to delete everything.

How do cookies affect the VPN?-In Google Chrome for iOS/Android-Choose All time to delete everything

6. Tap Clear data.

Firefox - iOS

Firefox stores websites you've visited in your history as you browse the Web. Follow these steps to delete your history.

1. Tap the tab icon at the top right of the screen.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - Tap the tab icon at the top right of the screen

2. Tap Button2 in FireFox for macOS/Windows/Linux - main menu On your browser toolbar at the bottom of the screen. You might need to scroll the page for the menu button to appear.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - Tap at the bottom of the screen

Don't see a menu button? You might be on an older version of Firefox. Please update to the latest version through the App Store.

3. Tap Settings in the menu panel. (You might need to swipe to the next panel.)

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - Tap Settings in the menu panel
How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - You might need to swipe to the next panel

4. In the Privacy section, tap Clear Private Data.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - In the Privacy section, tap Clear Private Data

5. Select the types of information you'd like to remove.

6. Tap Clear Private Data and confirm this action.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In FireFox on iOS - Tap Clear Private Data and confirm this action

Caution: Clearing your private data will close all your active tabs.

Safari - macOS

1. In the upper menu navigate to History > Clear History.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - on macOS - Navigate to History>Clear History

2. Choose how far back (time range) you want to clear the browsing data.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - on macOS - Choose time range you want to clear

Please note that if your Mac and your iOS devices have Safari turned on in the iCloud preferences, your browsing history would be removed from all of them if you take this action.

or

1. Open Safari preferences.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on macOS - Open Safari preferences

2. On the Privacy tab, click Manage Web Site Data.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on macOS - On the Privacy tab, click Manage WebSite Data

3. Select Remove All.

Safari - iOS

1. Tap Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won't change your AutoFill information.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on iOS-Tap Settings>Safari>Clear History and Website Data

2. To clear your cookies and keep your history, navigate to your device Settings.

Then go to Safari > Advanced > Website Data > Remove All Website Data.

3. To visit sites without leaving a history, open Safari, then tap Button in Safari browser for iOS - create new window > Private > Done.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on iOS - Tap on Private
How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on iOS - Tap on Create New window in browser
How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Safari on iOS - Tap on done

Internet Explorer - Windows Phone

1. Tap the Internet Explorer live tile on the home screen.

2. Tap on the ellipses (...) at the bottom right.

3. Scroll down and tap settings.

4. Scroll down and tap delete history.

5. Tap delete to confirm.

6. Wait a few seconds for the cache and cookies to clear. Then, you can tap the back button to return to Internet Explorer.

Edge

1. In the Microsoft Edge browser, go to How do cookies affect the VPN? - In the Microsoft Edge browser - tap the Settings Settings.

2. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Edge browser - Under Clear browsing data>Choose what to clear

3. Set checkboxes for Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files and click Clear.

How do cookies affect the VPN? - In Edge browser - Set checkboxes for Cookies and click Clear

4. Wait a few seconds for the cache and cookies to clear.

Choose your platform and browser, follow a few simple steps mentioned above, and continue surfing in a private and secure way.