How to find out what cookies are set by your website

To correctly manage the cookies set by your website on users’ browsers, is as important as the tool you are using. What you need to do is find out what cookies you use, who exactly sets them, and why.

1. Check the cookies and the domains they are sending data to:

Start browsing using a new Private window and navigate to the URL of your website. Open the Developer Tools. Depending on your browser this can be done in different ways. For Google Chrome go to View > Developer > Developer Tools or CMD + ALT + I on Mac or F12 on Windows. On Firefox go to Menu > Developer > Toggle Tools.

Now open the Application tab and check the cookies for each domain. Usually the cookies have names that resemble the name of the service they are being used by. You can also google search the cookie names to find specific information about them.

2. Use an extension to identify services


You can use a browser extension like Ghostery to find out what trackers are loaded by your website. This is a good starting point to match your cookies to services.

*** Make sure you have disabled any adblocking plugins, so the results are complete ***

Once you’ve identified the cookies you can move your third party scripts to Clym so they will only be injected after the user’s explicit consent.

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