MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES
What is a cookie?
A cookie is an inoffensive text file that gets stored in your browser when you visit any web page. Cookies are used for the web page to be able to remember your visit when you browse that page again. Although many people are unaware of it, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers appeared for the World Wide Web.
What is a cookie NOT?
It is not a virus, nor a Trojan horse, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.
What information is stored in a cookie?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you such as credit cards or bank data, photographs, your ID number or personal information, etc. The data they store is of a technical nature, personal preferences, customization of content, etc.
The websiteserver does not associate you as a person with your Internetbrowser. In fact, if you often browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person, because it is actually associating with the browser, not the person.
What kinds of cookies are there?
- Technical cookies: These are the most elementary cookies. They make it possible to know if a human or a machine application is browsing, if an anonymous user or a registered one is browsing, basic tasks for any dynamic website to function, and more.
- Analytical cookies: These gather information about the type of browsing being carried out, the sections most used, products consulted, time zone, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: These show advertising depending on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are first-party and third-party cookies?
First-party cookies are generated by the page you are visiting, whereas third-party ones are generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I deactivate the cookies?
In order to understand the full implications that may arise from deactivating cookies, let us show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as usually happens in online stores.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, for example “My account”, “My profile” or “My orders”.
- Online stores: It will be impossible to make online purchases. They will have to be made by telephone or visiting the physical shop if there is one.
- It would not be possible to personalize your geographic preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
- The website will not be able to carry out website analyses about visitors and traffic to the website, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write in the blog, upload photos, post comments, evaluate or score content. The website will not be able to know if you are a human or a machine application posting spam.
- It will not be possible to show advertising according to sectors, which will reduce advertising income from the website.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only can they be deleted, but also blocked generally or specifically for a particular domain.
To delete cookies from a website, you must go to your browser’s settings, look for the ones associated with the domain in question and delete them.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers
Below, we show you how to access a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the version of browser you have:
- Go to Settings or Preferences via the Files menu or by clicking on the personalization icon above on the right.
- You will see different sections. Click on the option “Show advanced options”.
- Go to Privacy, Content settings.
- Select “All cookies and site data”.
- A list will appear with all of the cookies ordered by domain. To make it easier to find cookies for a specific domain, partially or completely type the address in the field “Search cookies”.
- After this filter, one or more lines will appear showing the website cookies requested. Now you only have to select it and press “X” or the bin to delete it.
To access the Internet Explorer browser cookies, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Go to “Tools”, “Internet Options”.
- Click on “Privacy”.
- Move the cursor to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the Firefox browser cookies, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Go to “Options” or “Privacy” depending on your operating system.
- Click on “Privacy”.
- In “History”, choose “Use customized settings for the history”.
- You will now see the option “Accept cookies”. You can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.
To access the Safari for OSX browser cookies, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Go to “Preferences”, then “Privacy”.
- Here, you will see the option “Block cookies” so you can adjust the type of blockage you wish to apply.
To access the Safari for iOS browser cookies, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Go to “Settings”, then “Safari”.
- Go to “Privacy and Security”. You will see the option “Block cookies” so you can adjust the type of blockage you wish to apply.
To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Open the browser and press the “Menu” key, then “Settings”.
- Go to “Security and Privacy”. You will see the option “Accept cookies” so you can activate or deactivate the box.
To access the browser cookie settings for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (which may vary according to your version of the browser).
- Open Internet Explorer, then “More”, then “Settings”.
- Now you can activate or deactivate the “Allow cookies” box.