More information about Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost 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 over 20 years, when the first browser for the World Wide Web existed.

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus or a Trojan, not a worm, or spam or spyware, or pop-up window opens.

What type of information a cookie stores?

The cookies do not often store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your identity card or personal information, etc. The data stored are technical, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc..

The web server does not associate you as a person just to your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating the browser, not the person or IP.

What types of cookies exist?

  • Technical Cookies: They are the most basic and allows, among other things, to know when you are browsing a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates and one registered basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
  • Analytical Cookies: Collect information on the type of navigation is being performed, most used sections, products consulted, time slot of use, language, etc.
  • Ads Cookies: Display advertising based on your navigation, your country of origin, language, etc.

What are the own and third-party cookies?

The own cookies are generated by the webpage you are visiting and the third-party are generated by external service providers as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What if I turn off the cookies?

To understand the scope that may have disabling the cookies we show some examples:

  • You will not be able to share content of 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 the online stores.
  • You can not access the personal area of the web, such as My Profile.
  • Online stores: It will be impossible to make purchases online, will have to be telephone or by visiting the physical store if you have one.
  • It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences as time zone, currency or language.
  • The website can not perform analytical web visitors and traffic on the web, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
  • You will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The web may not know whether you are a human or an automated application publishing spam.
  • No advertising may show sectioned, reducing advertising revenue on the web.
  • All social networks use cookies, if the disabled any social network could be used.

Could cookies be eliminated?

Yes. Not only eliminate also block, general or particular to a specific domain.

To eliminate any cookie from a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you will find the associated domain in question and proceed to its elimination.

Cookies configuration to most used browsers

Here’s how to access to a single cookie on your browser Chrome. Note: These steps may change depending on the browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the icon that appears personalization top right.
  2. You will see different sections, click the option Show advanced options.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content Configuration.
  4. Select All cookies and websites data.
  5. A list of cookies will appear ordered by domains. To make it easier to find cookies enter a specific domain or part of the address in the field Search cookies.
  6. After activating this filter one or more lines of cookies appear on the screen of the searched website. Now just select it and press the X to proceed to eliminate it.

To access to cookies browser configuration on Internet Explorer follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Tools, Internet Options
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.

To access to cookies browser configuration on Firefox follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. On History choose Use custom settings for history.
  4. Now you will see the option Accept cookies, You can turn on or off as desired.

To access to cookies browser configuration on Safari for OSX follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
  2. Here you will see the option Block cookies to fit the type of block to perform.

To access to cookies browser configuration on Safari for iOS follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Settings, then Safari.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, You will see an option to Block cookies to fit the type of block to perform.

To access to cookies browser configuration for mobile devices on Android follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Run the browser and press Menu, then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you will see an option to Accept cookies to check or uncheck the box.

To access to cookies browser configuration for mobile devices on Windows Phone follow these steps (may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
  2. Now you can check or uncheck the box Allow cookies.