Learn more about cookies
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any Web page. The usefulness of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you return to navigate that page. Although many people do not know cookies have been used for 20 years, just when the first browsers appeared for the World Wide Web.
What is NOT a cookie?
It’s not a virus, nor a trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor 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 keep are technical, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.
The Web server does not associate you as a person but your Web browser. In fact, if you navigate regularly with Internet Explorer and try to navigate the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating the browser, not the person
What type of cookies exists?
- Technical cookies: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a person is navigating or an automated application; when an anonymous user navigate and a registered one. Basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Analysis Cookies: Collect information about the type of navigation you are making, the sections you use most, consulted products, usage time zone, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: They show publicity according to their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.
What are the own and third-party cookies?
The own cookies are generated by the page you are visiting. However, those of third parties are generated by services or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I deactivate cookies?
To understand the scope that deactivating cookies can have, we show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content on 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 is usually the case 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 to make online purchases, they will have to be by telephone or visiting the physical store.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographical preferences as time zone, currency or language
- The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, making it difficult for the web to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write on the blog, will not upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The web will not be able to know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- Sectioned advertising will not be displayed, which will reduce the web’s advertising revenues.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only delete, also block, in general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a Web site you must go to the settings of your browser and search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to its removal.
Configuring cookies for the most popular browsers
Following that, we indicate how to access a particular 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 the personalization icon above right.
- You will see different sections, click the option Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
- Select All cookies and Site Data
- A list will be displayed with all cookies ordered by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a particular domain, enter partially or completely the address in the field Find cookies.
- After making this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies on the requested web. Now just select it and press the X to proceed to its removal.
To access the Internet Explorer browser cookie settings, follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options.
- Click on Privacy.
Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the Firefox browser settings follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In History choose “Use a custom configuration for the history”.
- You will now see the Accept cookies option, you can turn it on or off according to your preferences.
To access the cookies settings in the Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
- In this place you will see the Block cookies option to adjust the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the cookies settings in the Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (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 lock you want to perform.
To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices, follow these steps (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 enable or disable the checkbox.
To access the cookies settings in the Windows Phone follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):