What is a cookie?
What it is not a cookie?
It is not a Virus, not a Trojan, not a worm, not Spam, nor Spyware and it does not open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
The cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. Data that are stored are those of technical use, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but as your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the 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 with the browser, not with the person.
What are the different types of cookies?
- Technical cookies: they are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human is browsing or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates or if it is a registered one, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Cookies of analysis: collect information about the type of navigation that is being done, most used sections, consulted products, time of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: show advertising depending on your navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.
What are First Party cookies and Third Party cookies?
First Party cookies are the ones generated by the web site you are visiting while the third party cookies are the ones generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
For you to understand what will happen if you disable cookies we will give you some examples:
- You will not be able to share the contents of such web on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The web site will not be able to adapt the content of your personal preferences, as it normally happens on virtual stores.
- You will know not be able to Access to the personal area of that web, for example my account, my profile or my orders.
- Online Shops: You will not be able to shop online; they will have to be via phone or going to the shop if there is one.
- You won’t be able to personalize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
- The web site could not make analysis about visitors or traffic, so that it will make it difficult to be competitive.
- You would not be able to write on the blog, neither upload photos nor publish comments, evaluate or score. The web won’t be able to know if you are a human or an automated application publishing spam.
- No sectored Ads will be shown, so that will reduce advertising income of the web.
Can we eliminate cookies?
Yes we can. And not only eliminate but also block, in a general way or particularly for a specific Site.
To delete cookies from a website you have to click on the settings button of your browser and then you will be able to find the ones related with the domain and then proceed to delete.
Cookies settings for the most popular browsers
Below we indicate how to access a specific cookie in Chrome. Note: These steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- At the top right side of your browser toolbar, click on the Chrome icon. Then Click on settings.
- You will see different sections. Click on ‘Show advanced settings’.
- Under ‘Privacy’, you will see ‘Content Settings’, click on this.
- You will see ‘All cookies and site data’, click on this.
- You will see a full listing of all your cookies sorted by domain. If you want to find cookies of a particular domain you can write the address in the field “find cookies”.
- After filtering you will see on screen the list of the cookies from that website. You can select them and click on the X to clear them.
Use the steps below to set cookies preferences in Internet Explorer. (They may vary depending on the browser version):
- Click on Control Panel, Internet Options.
- Click on Privacy.
- Then move the slide bar to the desired privacy level
Use the steps below to set cookies preferences in Firefox. (They may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to “Options” or “Preferences” depending on your OS.
- Click on Privacy.
- In History set it to ‘Use custom settings for historyl.
- You can Click on the ‘Show Cookies’ button on the right side or not, as you prefer.
Use the steps below to set cookies preferences in Safari for OSX. (They may vary depending on the browser version):
- Vaya a Preferencias, luego Privacidad.
- En este lugar verá la opción Bloquear cookies para que ajuste el tipo de bloqueo que desea realizar.
Para acceder a la configuración de cookies del navegador Safari para iOS siga estos pasos (pueden variar en función de la versión del navegador):
- Click on Preferences, and then click on Privacy.
- Here you will see the Option “Block cookies” for you to adjust the kind of blocking you want to have.
Use the steps below to set cookies preferences in Android. (They may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open the browser, click on Menu, then Settings.
- Tap on Security and Privacy, you will see the option “Accept cookies” click to activate or not on the checkbox
Use the steps below to set cookies preferences in Windows Phone. (They may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.
- Now you can activate or not the “Allow Cookies” checkbox.