Cookies are very small files that store information you enter on a webpage, such as passwords or login information. These stored files are designed to make a webpage more convenient to use and can be helpful, but they can also fill up your computer’s disk space. It’s a good idea to occasionally clean your disk space by clearing your cookies, cache, history and footprints; however, if cookies are completely disabled, some webpages may not display properly or open at all.

Cookie facts

  • When a cookie is requested, your browser checks for the domain it came from. This means only the service can access your cookie.
  • Your cookie and account information are private.
  • The AOL Desktop Software doesn’t store your password in a cookie.
  • AOL doesn’t distribute this information to other companies.
  • A cookie can’t contain programs or viruses and can’t be used to extract data from your system.

The instructions to clear your cookies, cache, history and footprints will differ depending on the browser you use. Please visit our help article Clear cookies, cache, history and footprints to learn how.