How to make cookies work the way they should work:

  1. If you’re using Internet Explorer, upgrade to Firefox.
  2. Install the CookieSafe extension. (For Firefox 3, you want CS Lite.)
  3. Restart Firefox.
  4. Open Edit→Preferences→Privacy. In the Cookies section, uncheck "Accept cookies from sites".
  5. If you’ve been accepting cookies from all kinds of sites, clear your cookies with the Private Data "Clear Now" button.

That’s it. Now, Firefox will block all cookies by default. If you navigate to a site that has a legitimate reason to use cookies—for example, a site you log in to—you just need to click the cookie icon bottom right of the Firefox window and a menu will pop up. From the menu, you can choose to allow cookies for that site, and that site alone, with a single click.


No more being spammed with dialog boxes from sites that try to send you a dozen third-party ad-tracking cookies. No more painful editing of lists of domains allowed to set cookies.

Frankly, this is how they should make cookies work in Firefox 2.0.


Add the NoScript plugin and JavaScript works the same way.


Awesome! I’ve entered a Firefox enhancement request asking that this be the UI for cookie and script security in future versions of the browser. If you agree, please vote for it.

Internet Explorer doesn’t render my web site properly. The navigation bars all appear at the bottom, instead of on the right where they belong.

It’s not a bug with the web site; the problem is that IE doesn’t support web standards properly. I’m not interested in working around your buggy browser when you can upgrade to something that works, for free.

Check out the award-winning Mozilla Firefox. It’s much better than IE:

  • Firefox helps block viruses, pop-up ads and spyware.
  • It’ll let you subscribe to my site and get told about updates automatically.
  • It has browser tabs, letting you open multiple pages at once without having to juggle multiple windows.

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