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 utility of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you navigate this page again. Although many people do not know that cookies are being used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What is NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus, a trojan, no worm, no spam, or 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 details, photographs, your DNI or personal information, etc. The data they keep is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person in your web browser. In fact, if you browse habitually with Internet Explorer and try browsing 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 kind of cookies do you have?
Technical cookies: They are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when navigating a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections that you most use, the products consulted, the time frame of use, the language, etc.
Advertising cookies: They show advertising based on their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.
What are your own and third party cookies?
The cookies themselves are generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if you turn off cookies?
To understand how you can disable cookies, we show you some examples:
You will not be able to share content on this website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as is usually the case in online stores.
You will not be able to access the personal area of this website, such as My Account, or My Profile or My Orders.
Online Stores: It will be impossible for you to shop online, you will have to be telephone or visit the physical store if you have it.
It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, which will make the web more competitive.
You can not write to the blog, you can not upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The web will not be able to know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
Sectorized advertising can not be shown, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the web.
Can cookies be removed?
If. Not only eliminate, also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website, you must go to your browser’s settings and there you can search for those associated to the domain in question and proceed to its elimination.
Cookie settings for the thinnest browsers
Here’s how to access a specific cookie in your 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 customization icon shown above to the right.
You will see different sections, click the Show advanced options.
Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
Select All cookies and site data.
A list with all cookies sorted by domain will appear. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a particular domain, enter the address in the Search for cookies field in whole or in part.
After making this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies on the web page requested. Now you just have to select it and press the X to proceed to its elimination.
To access browser settings in Internet Explorer browser do the following (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 cookie settings of the Firefox browser do the following (may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Options or Preferences according to your operating system.
Click on Privacy.
In History, choose Use custom settings for the history.
You will now see the Accept Cookies option, you can activate or deactivate it based on your preferences.
To access the Safari browser cookie settings for OSX, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
In this site you will see the Block cookies option to adjust the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the Safari browser cookies settings for iOS do the following (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 do the following (they 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 activate or deactivate the box.
To access browser settings for Windows Phone devices do the following (may vary depending on the browser version):
Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
You can now enable or disable the Allow cookies.