Have you browsed the internet in recent times and found cookie notifications popping up on several websites, especially the European ones? These pop ups basically notify you that the site you are browsing is using cookies, a fact that is probably known to all, so I’m not sure why it has to be pronounced. Either way, since the European Union feels that users need to be educated about it, we’ll have to live with the fact that these pop ups will keep coming in the way of our browsing experience. And if you are in the habit of regularly clearing your cache, you’re going to see these pop ups every time you revisit the site.
Cookie Notification Preventer for Firefox
Thankfully, if you are using Firefox, a handy extension called Cookie Notification Preventer takes care of this problem for you. It does not automatically hide the pop-up, but it lets you take care of it in one of two ways. You can right-click the notification and choose “Click on this element” or “Hide this element”.
If you choose the Click on this element option, the next time you open the site, the Firefox extension will automatically click the element on the page (in case you have cleared cookies and it reappears again). If you choose the Hide this element option Cookie Notification Preventer will automatically hide the element on the website when you visit it irrespective of whether you click on it or not.
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Cookie Notification Preventer isn’t a hundred percent though. I noticed that the second option worked fairly well on some sites but not on others. Similarly, the first option worked on some sites while the hiding option did not. I can only presume that the extension works depending on how these notifications are set up by the individual websites.
You may be able to see the Cookie Notification Preventer icon on the browser window. clicking on the icon will display the Cookie Notification Preventer sidebar. The sidebar houses the stored data and lets you view, edit or delete the stored elements or websites. If you don’t see the icon, you can use Alt+F5 or Fn+Alt+F5 to bring up the sidebar.
If you use Firefox and are annoyed by theses cookie notifications do give Cookie Notification Preventer a try. It might make your browsing experience a whole lot better.