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Over the past few years and particularly recently, you might have noticed a change when you browse the internet: Practically every website will ask you if you’ll accept cookies. 

It’s due to a European data protection and privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your so-called “cookie persona” (i.e. the online collection of your cookies) can be shared or sold to companies, and the law has recognized that this could compromise your privacy, Chuck Brooks, tech and cybersecurity expert and president of Brooks Consulting International, tells Yahoo Life. The result? You get asked everywhere if you’re OK with allowing cookies. 

There is a quick and easy way to delete cookies that track you online: You can download software like McAfee Multi Access, which removes cookies and temporary files from your computer for you. An added bonus: It also blocks viruses, malware, spyware and ransomware attacks.

Try McAfee Multi Access for 30 days free. After that, it’s $9.99 per month.

But it’s only natural to have questions about whether you should even allow cookies in the first place. Here’s what you need to know. 

Experts say it’s OK to allow cookies from senders and websites you know and trust. (Photo: Getty)AntonioGuillem via Getty ImagesFirst, a recap on what cookies are.

Cookies are one or more small pieces of data that identify your computer to a website with a unique code, Joseph Steinberg, cybersecurity expert and emerging technologies advisor, tells Yahoo Life. The cookies are sent by a web server to your laptop, phone or tablet while you’re on that server’s website. (Once you give the OK, of course.)

Your device stores the cookies and when you visit the website again, the server recognizes you, Steinberg explains. In addition to using cookies to know who you are, cookies are often used by marketing companies to target ads towards you, which explains why you might consider buying a pair of jeans on a website, only to see ads for those jeans when you go on other sites. 

So, should you allow cookies?

Some websites won’t let you fully explore them without allowing cookies, making this a tricky issue. 

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