This is an old Blogger issue that hasn’t changed over the years and one that I had forgotten all about until I came back to Blogger recently and started following new blogs.
I have not been able to comment on Blogger using my Google account or like blog posts on WordPress.com since Christmas when I got my Pixel 2 Chromebook. Needless to say it has gotten rather annoying, people are writing some great posts that I have wanted to leave comments on or like.
After a bit of sleuthing around and doing a complete reset of my Chrome browser settings on my Chromebook, I think I have finally figured out the problem after Googling and thinking about the sort of cryptic responses/answers I read (actually some were pretty straight forward, it was me having to get to the correct checkbox to realize – oh that’s what they were talking about).
It is all about how Blogger and WordPress.com use third party cookies in their comments or liking button and one setting deep in the Security/Privacy settings of the Chrome browser.
Fortunately, many security experts recommend that we block those third-party cookies to better protect our privacy online. Which I believe is important and one of the first things I do when installing a new browser and go in lockdown the privacy/security choices for that browser. I really hadn’t noticed a lot of differences until now?.
Unfortunately, as I found out if we do, then commenting and liking become pretty difficult.
This is how I fixed my commenting/liking issues when I am using the Google Chrome browser:
- Go to the right-hand corner of your Chrome browser, click on the 3 vertical dots
- Which brings up and context menu
- From there got to the Settings bar (second from the bottom)
- Click the arrow beside the Advanced menu to open it up (it is on the left side of the page)
- When that is opened up look for the Privacy and Security tab in the
- Look for Site Settings (second from the bottom) and click that
- Then click on Cookies and Site Data bar
- If you are unable to comment or click on the like button and you have block third party cookies clicked (the button will be blue), that is why.
- Click on the slide and turn it off, you should be able to comment or like blogs again.
Sad that you have to do 8-9 steps to find this setting to be able to fix things.
I am pretty sure it works this way for just about all the different browsers (you just have to find this setting in the browser you use) since the three that I tried to comment on the other browser behaved the same way.
Helluva way to run a railroad ain’t it.
Better security/privacy or commenting/liking. At this point, I have decided to go with less security/privacy and become more a part of the blogging community again. We will see how it goes and at least now I know which setting is the one to change if I run into problems.
Originally posted on Aging & Retirement – My Thoughts, written by Harold L. Shaw, Jr.