What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file inoffensive that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. The usefulness of cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you return to browse that page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What IS NOT a cookie?
It’s not a virus, a Trojan, a worm, spam, spyware, or pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they store are of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalisation of contents, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but with your web browser. In fact, if you surf regularly with Internet Explorer and try surfing the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.
What type of cookies are there?
- Cookies techniques: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human is surfing or an automated application, when an anonymous user and a registered one are surfing, basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic web.
- Cookies analysis: Collect information on the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time zone of use, language, etc.
- Cookies advertising: Display advertising based on your navigation, country of origin, language, etc.
What are the cookies own and those of third parties?
The own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and the of third parties are those generated by external services or providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I deactivate the cookies?
In order for you to understand the range that you can have deactivate the cookies we show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from this website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as is usually the case in online shops.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of this website, such as My account, or My profile or My orders.
- Shops online: It will be impossible to make purchases online, they will have to be telephone or visiting the physical store if you have it.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
- The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic to the website, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive spam.
- It will not be possible to show sectorized advertising, which will reduce the advertising income of the web.
Can cookies be removed?
Yes, not only delete, but also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove the cookies from a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to remove them.
Configuration of cookies for the most popular browsers
Here’s how to access a specific cookie from your browser Chrome. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking on the customization icon that appears at the top right.
- You will see different sections, click the option Show advanced options .
- Go to Privacy , Configuration of content .
- Select All cookies and site data .
- A list will appear with all the cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a certain domain, enter partially or totally the address in the field Search cookies.
- After carrying out this filter, one or several lines with the cookies of the requested website will appear on the screen. Now you only have to select it and press the X to proceed to its elimination.
To access the cookies browser settings Internet Explorer follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Tools , Internet options
- Click Privacy .
- Move the slider until the desired privacy level is set.
To access the cookies browser settings Firefox follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Options or Preferences according to your operating system.
- Click Privacy .
- In History choose Use a custom configuration for history.
- Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.
To access the cookies browser configuration Safari for OSX follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
- In this place you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to do.
To access the browser configuration cookies Safari for iOS follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Settings , then Safari .
- Go to Privacy and Security , you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to do.
To access the cookies browser settings for devices Android follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Run the browser and press Menu, then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy , you will see the option Accept cookies to activate or deactivate the box.
To access the cookies browser configuration for devices Windows Phone follow these steps (may vary depending on browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
- Now you can enable or disable the Enable cookies checkbox.