What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored on your browser when you visit any website. The usefulness of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit next time you browse that page. Although many people do not know, the cookies have been in use for almost 20 years, when the first browsers appear in the World Wide Web.
What is NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus, or a Trojan, not a worm, or spam, or spyware, or something that opens pop-up windows.
What kind of information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive personal information as: credit card numbers or bank account information, photos, your ID o personal information, etc. The data stored has technical characteristics, or consists of personal preferences, personalization of content, etc…
The web server does not associate you as a person, it associate you using your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse 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 kind of cookies exist?
- Technical cookies: these are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application are navigating, when an anonymous user navigates and one that is registered, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Analysis cookies: collect information about the type of navigation performed, the most used sections, products viewed, time slot of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: display advertising based on your navigation, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are their own and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and third-party cookies are generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What would happen if I turn the cookies off?
To understand what would happen if you disable the cookies, we show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share any content from this site on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The web site will not adapt the content to your personal preferences, as often happens in online stores.
- You will not have access to the personal area of the web, such as My account, or My profile or Orders.
- Online stores: It will be impossible to make online purchases, you will have to phone us or visit our physical store.
- It will be impossible to customize your geographic preferences as time zone, currency or language.
- The website will not be able to perform web analysis about visitors and traffic of the web, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
- You will not be able to write on the blog, you will not be able to upload any photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The web may not know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- It would not be possible to advertise sectorized ads.
Can I delete cookies?
You can eliminate them and also block them, in a general or particular way based on a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website you should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated domain in question and proceed to its elimination.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers:
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Chrome’s browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences using the Tool menu or by clicking the personalization icon that appears at top right.
- You will see different sections, click in Show Advanced Options (Under the Hood).
- Go to Privacy Settings.
- Select All cookies (Show Cookies) and Site data.
- A list of all cookies ordered by domain will appear. To make it easier to find a specific cookie domain, enter the address (partially or completely) in the search field of that new window called ‘cookies’.
- This filter will clear the search and show on the screen one or more lines with the requested Web cookies. Now just select it and press X (or highlight and click ‘remove’) to proceed with removal.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Internet Explorer’s browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Tools, and click on ‘Internet Options’.
- Click ‘Privacy’.
- Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Firefox’s browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to ‘Tools’, then ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’.
- Click ‘Privacy Tab’.
- Disable the box that says ‘Accept Cookies From sites’
- Click on “Clear Now”
- Select “Cookies”
- Click on “Clear Private Data Now”.
- This procedure will stop sites from installing cookies on your firefox browser.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Safari’s browser by OSX. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to ‘Safari Menu’ in the corner top right and click ‘Preferences’, then click on Privacy.
- Here you can see the option ‘Block cookies’ to fit the type of lock to perform.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Safari’s browser by iOS. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, see the ‘Block cookies’ to fit the type of lock to perform.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Android devices. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Run the browser and press Menu, then the Settings button.
- Go to Security and Privacy, see the ‘Accept cookies’ option to check or uncheck the box.
These are some easy instructions about how to access a particular cookie in Windows Phone. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
- Now you can enable or disable the ‘Allow cookies’.