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 aim of the cookie is that the web can remember your visit when you return to browse the page. Although many people do not know, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web (internet) appeared.
WHAT IS NOT A COOKIE?
It is not a virus, nor a Trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES A COOKIE STORE?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards, bank details, photographs, ID or personal information, for example. The data they store are techniques, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person, but with the web browser. The proof is that if you usually browse with Chrome and try to browse the same web with Firefox or Explorer, you will see that the web does not detect that it is the same person, because it is actually associating information in the browser and not the person.
WHAT KIND OF COOKIES EXIST?
- Technical cookies: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human is browsing or an automated application, when browsing an anonymous user or a registered user. Basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
- Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you visit the most, the products you consult, the time slot of use, the language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: They show advertising depending on navigation, country of origin, language, etc.
WHAT ARE OWN AND THIRD-PARTY COOKIES?
The own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services and suppliers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISABLE COOKIES?
To get an idea of the scope that cookies may have, we show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from this website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as happens in online stores.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of a website such as My Account, My Profile or My Bookings.
- Online stores: It will be impossible to make purchases online, they must be by phone or in the physical store, if it exists.
- It is not possible to customize your geographic preferences such as time slot, currency, or language.
- The website will not be able to do web analytics on visitors and traffic to the web, making it less competitive.
- You will not be able to write to blogs, or upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The web will also not be able to know if you are a human person or an automated application that publishes spam.
CAN COOKIES BE DELETED?
Yes. Not only delete, they can also be blocked in a general or specific way for a particular domain.
To delete cookies from a website you must go to the browser settings and there you can search for the cookies associated with the domain in question and proceed to delete them.
Here’s how to access a certain cookie in your Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on your browser version:
- Go to Configuration or Preferences through the Archive menu or by clicking on the customization icon above on the right.
- You will see different sections, click on the option Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacity, Content configuration.
- Select All the cookies and Site data.
- A list will appear with all cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier to find cookies for a particular domain, enter partially or totally the web address in the search for cookies field.
- With this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the cookies of the requested website. Now you just have to select it and squeeze the X to remove it.
To access the cookie settings of the Internet Explorer browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options
- Click on Privacity.
- Move the bar to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the cookie settings of the Firefox browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Options or Preferences according to the operating system.
- Click on Privacity.
- In History choose To use a customized settings for history.
- Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can activate or disable it according to your preferences.
To access the cookie settings of Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Preferences, then Privacity.
- You’ll see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of lock you want to do.
To access the cookie settings of Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacity y Security, you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of block you want to do.
To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Run the browser and click on the Menu key, then Adjust.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies to activate or deactivate the box.
To access your browser’s cookie settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
- Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies box.
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