More information about cookies
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The utility of the cookie is that the website is able to remember your visit when you browse that page again. Although many people do not know, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What IS NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus, nor a Trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies usually do not store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they store is of a technical nature, personal preferences, content customisation, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but with your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same website with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realise that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.
What kind of cookies exist?
Technical cookies: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user browses, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time slot of use, language, etc.
Advertising cookies: They show advertising based on your navigation, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are own cookies and those of third parties?
Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if you disable cookies?
In order for you to understand the scope that deactivating cookies can have, we show you some examples:
You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as usually happens in online stores.
You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My Account, or My Profile or My Orders.
Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online, they will have to be by phone or by visiting the physical store if you have it.
It will not be possible to customise your geographical preferences such as time slot, currency or language.
The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and web traffic, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
You will not be able to write on the blog, you will not be able to upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The website will also not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
It will not be possible to show sectorised advertising, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the web.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only delete, but also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To delete cookies from a website you must go to your browser settings and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to their deletion.
Cookie settings for the most controversial browsers
Here’s how to access a certain cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking on the customisation icon at the top right.
You will see different sections, click the Show advanced options option.
Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
Select All cookies and site data.
A list will appear with all cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a certain domain, partially or totally enter the address in the Search for cookies field.
After making this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested website. Now you just have to select it and press the X to proceed with its removal.
To access the Internet Explorer browser cookie settings follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Tools, Internet Options
Click on Privacy.
Move the slider until you adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the cookie settings of the Firefox browser follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
Go to Options or Preferences according to your operating system.
Click on Privacy.
In History choose Use customised settings for history.
Now you will see the Accept cookies option, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.
To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
In this place you will see the Block cookies option to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.
To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Settings, then Safari.
Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the Block cookies option to adjust the type of blocking you want to make.
To access the browser’s cookie settings for Android devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Run the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the Accept cookies option to check or clear the box.
To access the browser’s cookie settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
You can now select or deactivate the Allow cookies check box.
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