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 cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when I return to surf this page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used since 20 years ago, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web.

What IS NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus or a Trojan, not a worm, or spam or spyware, or open pop-up windows.

What information stores a cookie?

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 will not associate you as a person if not your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.

What kind of cookies there?

  • Cookies techniques: They are the most basic and allow, among other things, knowing when you are browsing a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates and one registered, basic tasks for running any dynamic web.
  • Cookies analysis: Collect information on the type of navigation is performing, the sections most used, consulted products, time period of use, language, etc.
  • Cookies advertising: display advertising based on their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.

What are their own and third-party cookies?

Party cookies are those generated by the page you're visiting and third are generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What if I turn off cookies?

To understand the scope may have to disable cookies we show 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 contents to your personal preferences, as it usually happens in online shops.
  • You can not access the personal area of ​​the web, such as my own, or my profile or orders.
  • Online shops: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online; they will have to be made by telephone or by visiting the physical shop if there is one.
  • It will not be possible to personalise your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
  • The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and web traffic, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
  • You will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The website will also not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that is publishing spam.
  • You will not be able to see segmented advertising, which will reduce the website's advertising income.
  • All social networks use cookies; if you disable them, you will not be able to use any social network.

Can I delete cookies?

Yes. Not only eliminate, also block, general or particular to a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated domain in question and proceed to its elimination.

Cookie settings for the most popular browsers

Here's how to access a specific cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking the icon customization that appears above right.
  2. You see different sections, click the Show Advanced Options option.
  3. Go to Privacy Settings content.
  4. Select All cookies and site data.
  5. a list of all cookies ordered by domain appears. To make it easier to find a specific cookie domain partially or completely enter the address in the search field cookies.
  6. After making this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the requested Web cookies. Now just select it and press X to proceed to its elimination.

To access the cookie settings of the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Tools, Internet Options:
  2. Click Privacy.
  3. Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
  4. To access the cookie settings of the Firefox browser, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
  5. Go to Options or Preferences for your operating system.
  6. Click Privacy.
  7. In History choose Use custom settings for history.
  8. Now you can see the Accept Cookies option, you can activate or deactivate as desired.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Settings, then Privacy.
  2. Here you can see the Block cookies to fit the type of lock to perform.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Settings, then Safari.
  2. You go to Privacy and Security, see the Block cookies to fit the type of lock to perform.

To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Run the browser and press Menu, then Settings button.
  2. Go to security and privacy, see the Accept cookies option to select or deselect the box.

To access the browser cookie settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
  2. Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies.