Benefits of Deleting Cookies in a Computer

By Bonnie Conrad

No matter how you use your computer or what type of computer you have, it is important to maintain your system properly. Part of that system maintenance is deleting unneeded files like cookies and temporary Internet files. Removing these unneeded files has a number of benefits, including faster system performance, greater security and of course an increase in available hard drive space.

Faster Performance

While cookie files are quite small, they can still build up and slow down your system performance. When too many cookies are allowed to accumulate, those unneeded files can bog down the system and cause it to run more slowly than it should. By taking the time to delete the cookies and temporary Internet files from your computer, you can increase the speed and performance of your web browsing software.

More Disk Space

Sufficient hard drive space is an important consideration for computer users, and deleting cookies on a regular basis will free space on your hard drive. When you start to run low on hard drive space, you may notice a decrease in performance and an increase in the number of system crashes. That is because the operating system will use hard drive space to mimic physical memory, and if sufficient space is not available, the performance of the computer will suffer. Clearing that hard drive space by deleting your cookies can increase the performance of your computer.

Enhanced Security

While many cookies are harmless, others can be used to track your every move on the Internet. Businesses often use these tracking cookies to study consumer behavior, but many computer users consider them an invasion of privacy. By setting your web browser to delete cookies each time you close your browser, you can thwart these tracking attempts and reduce the risk of a security breach.