What’s a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is saved in your browser when you visit almost any website. The utility of a cookie is for the website to be able to remember your visit when you return to the same page later. Although many people do not know it, cookies have been in use for 20 years, when the first browsers for the world wide web appeared.
What’s a cookie not?
It’s not a virus, or Trojan, or a computer worm, or spam, or spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card information or bank data, photographs, your ID number or personal information etc. The stored data is of technical nature, personal preferences, personalisation of contents etc.
The web server does not associate it with you as a person, but with your web browser. In fact, if you usually surf with Internet Explorer and you try surfing the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you’ll find that the website does not recognize that you are the same person because it is really associating with the browser, not the person.
What types of cookies are there?
Technical cookies: They are the most basic cookies and make it possible, amongst other things, to know whether the website is being visited by a human being or an automatic application, when there is an anonymous or a registered user, basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic website.
Analytic cookies: They collect information about the type of visit you are making, the sections you used most, products you looked at, time slot of your visit, language etc.
Advertising cookies: They show adverts depending on your surfing style, country of origin, language etc.
What are own and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are the ones generated by the website you are visiting and those of third parties are the ones generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
In order for you to understand the impact of disabling cookies, we’ll give you some examples:
You won’t be able to share contents of the website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The website won’t be able to adapt its contents to your personal preferences, as usually occurs in online shops.
You won’t be able to access the personal areas of the websites, such as “My account”, “my profile” or “my orders”.
Online shops: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online, they will have to be made via telephone or by visiting a physical store, if they exist.
It won’t be possible to customize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency and language.
The website won’t be able to carry out web analyses about the visitors and the traffic on the website, which makes it difficult for the website to be competitive.
You won’t be able to write in the blog, won’t be able to upload pictures, publish comments, evaluate or rate contents. The website also won’t know whether you are human or an automatized application publishing spam.
You won’t see any sectorized advertising, which reduces the advertising income of the website.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only can they be deleted, they can also be blocked, in general or for a particular domain.
In order to delete the cookies of a website, you have to go to the configuration of your browser, search the ones associated with the domain and questions and delete them.
Cookie configuration for the most popular browsers
Below we show you how to access a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: These cases may vary depending on which version of the browser you use.
Go to ‘Configuration’ or ‘Preferences’ via the ‘File’ menu or clicking on the customization button that appears in the top right corner.
You’ll see different sections; click on the option ‘show advanced options’.
Go to Privacy, Content settings.
Select all cookies and website data.
A list of cookies ordered by domain will appear. In order to make it easier for you to find the cookies of a specific domain, enter the web address or part of it in the field ‘find cookies’.
After applying this filter, one or various lines with the cookies of the requested website will appear on the screen. Now you only have to select them and press the X to delete them.
In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser Internet Explorer, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using):
· Go to Tools, internet options
· Click on Privacy
· Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you desire.
· In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser Firefox, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using):
Go to Options or Preferences, depending on your operative system.
Click on Privacy.
In History, select Use a customized configuration for the history.
Now you’ll see the option Accept cookies, you may enable or disable it according to your preferences.
In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser Safari for OSX, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using): Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
Here you’ll see the option ‘Block cookies’ to adjust the type of blocking you wish to apply.
In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser Safari for iOS, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using): Go to Settings, then Safari.
Go to Privacy and Security, there you’ll see the option ‘Block cookies’ to adjust the type of blocking you wish to apply.
In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser of Android devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using):
Open the browser and press the button Menu, then Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, you’ll see the option Accept cookies where you can enable or disable the box.In order to access the cookie configuration in the browser of Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on which version of the browser you’re using):
Open the Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
Now you can enable or disable the box Allow cookies.A cookie is a small harmless text file that is saved in your browser when you visit almost any website. Its utility is for the website to be able to remember your visit when you return to the same page later. Cookies usually store information of technical nature, personal preferences, customization of contents, usage statistics, links to social networks, access to user accounts etc. The purpose of cookies is to adapt the website’s content to your profile and your needs; without cookies, the services offered by any website would be significantly impaired. If you want to obtain more information about what cookies are, what they store, how to delete or disable them, etc.
Cookies used by this website
This website uses the following own cookies:
Session cookies, to guarantee that the users who publish comments in the blog are humans and not automatized applications. This is to fight spam.This website uses the following third-party cookies:
Google Analytics: Stores cookies in order to elaborate statistics about the website traffic and volume of visitors. By using this website, you are consenting the processing of information about you by Google. Therefore, you would have to exercise your rights in this sense by communicating directly with Google.
Social networks: Each networks uses its own cookies so that you may use functions such as “like” or “share”.
DISABLING OR DELETING COOKIES
You may exercise your right to disable or delete the cookies of this website at any time. This is carried out in different ways depending on which browser you’re using.
Web browsers are the tools in charge of storing the cookies and it is from there that you must exercise your right to delete or disable them. Neither this website nor its legal representatives can guarantee the correct or incorrect manipulation of cookies by the aforementioned browsers.
In some cases it is necessary to install cookies so that the browser won’t forget your decision not to accept them.