How to enable or disable cookies in IE – Internet Explorer 9 and 10

Do you want to disable cookies in Microsoft’s latest IE9 or 10? Here’s a quick guide that will teach you how to do it in the latest Internet Explorer versions! Also, if you are interested, learn the difference between first-party cookies, third-party and session cookies after the break and how to protect yourself from tracking cookies

General Disclaimer

Some general disclaimers before you disable cookies:

IE11 users can also follow the instructions below
In general it is not a good idea to turn off first-party cookies because many rely on cookies for logins. However, if you dont intend to log into any sites all you can disable them. However, it may be more convenient to simply disable third-party cookies* to increase your privacy and security when browsing online

Disable/Enable Cookies in IE9

1. Step Open Internet Explorer 9

2. Step Click on the Tools icon on the very right at the top and then on Internet Options:

Internet Explorer 9 Options

3. Step Next, at the top switch to the tab Privacy and click on the Advanced button:

Advanced privacy settings IE9

4. Step Now, you can Allow or Block First-Party Cookies and Third-Party Cookies. Additionally you can always enable Session Cookies.

Recommendations: Block third-party cookies, Accept first-party cookies and Always allow session cookies. Explanations below!

Disable or Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer 9

Disabling Cookies in IE10

IE9 and IE10 are very similar, so you can follow the instructions above for IE9.

1. Step Open the internet options in IE10
Open Internet Options in IE10

2. Step Open the privacy tab and click the Advanced button
Advanced IE10 Settings

3. Step You can now individually block or allow First-Party and 3rd-Party cookies:
Blocking 3rd-party cookies

If you want to find out the exact difference between first and third-party read on below

What are First-Party Cookies?

First-party cookies are from website that you are currently visiting. Let’s say you head over to to download the latest updates for Windows then all cookies from are considered first-party cookies because the source of the cookie matches the website that you visited.

What Are Third-Party Cookies

Following this pattern, if you visit and Microsoft loads some adverts from because of their partnership with Intel, then all cookies from will be considered third-party cookies, because they do not match the original source and are loaded from an external party.

Should I Disable First-Party or Third-Party Cookies?

Third-party cookies from spam sites often contain only malware and spyware cookies, so it is recommended to disable third-party cookies and enable first-party cookies. If you also disable first-party cookies you will often have to enter your password and other form data over and over again. Usually, first-party cookies are more safe than third-party cookies, but they can also contain malicious code.

Tip: Enable first-party cookies and disable third-party cookies in IE9!

What Are Session Cookies?

Session cookies are important to store information on your currently opened website, they allow the website to recognize you when you visit another subpage.

Let’s say you visit and you add something to your cart, without sessions cookies can’t keep track of your current cart (unless you save it) and won’t remember it if you visit a subpage of for example Obviously, there are other mechanisms that Amazon can use to store your cart, but that’s another story.

Tip: Enable session cookies to be recognized within a website!

Published: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 Last Modified: July 21, 2014